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Texas oil field accident kills 2, injures 1

An accident that occurred in a Mitchell County oil field on Aug. 20 has left two men dead and a third man injured. According to reports, the three men were removing a pump jack using a winch truck when the winch cable supposedly made contact with an overhead power line. The third man, 32-years-old, suffered injuries and was taken by air to Lubbock hospital. His condition is said to be improving, and he is expected to be released soon.

The accident happened about eight miles northwest of Westbrook. The men were attempting to remove the pump jack and move it to a different location. The two men that were killed were electrocuted when the winch cable touched the power line. Although the report does not specifically mention the injuries suffered by the third man, it is likely that he received an electrical shock.

OSHA usually investigates workplace accidents that result in death. It is likely that they will inspect the equipment being used and examine the qualifications and training of the injured workers. OSHA also ordinarily checks to see if any federal or state standards were violated in addition to the company's operating procedures.

A person injured on the job is usually eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits that will help pay for medical expenses and replace a portion of the worker's wages that were lost as a result of not being able to work. However, the application process is precise, and benefits are sometimes denied. Anyone who needs help in applying for benefits or believes that their benefits have been unjustly denied may want to speak with an attorney who has experience in workers' compensation benefits.

Source: KTXS, "Names of 2 killed in West Texas oil field accident released", George Levesque and Maggie Gaskill, August 21, 2014

Source: KTXS, "Names of 2 killed in West Texas oil field accident released", George Levesque and Maggie Gaskill, August 21, 2014

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