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Colorado Fracking Accident Kills 1, Seriously Injures 2, Sparking an OSHA Investigation

An extensive investigation is currently underway after one worker died and two other were seriously injured in a Colorado fracking accident that occurred in Weld County on November 13th.

In the aftermath of a deadly Colorado fracking accident in Weld County, OSHA is now investigating whether employer negligence may have contributed to this incident.

In the aftermath of a deadly Colorado fracking accident in Weld County, OSHA is now investigating whether employer negligence may have contributed to this incident.

According to the latest reports regarding this Colorado fracking accident, the deadly incident occurred at approximately 9:30 am as workers were trying to heat up a frozen, high-pressure water line when it ended up rupturing. The water pressure in the line that ruptured was reportedly between 2,500 and 3,500 pounds per square inch when the accident occurred.

The impacted workers are all employed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which had been hydraulically fracking the Weld County oil well site on behalf of the Halliburton Co. when the fatal Colorado fracking accident took place.

More Details of the Colorado Fracking Accident

Although many of the details regarding this Colorado fracking accident have yet to be made public due to the ongoing investigation, here’s what is currently known about this fatal workplace accident:

  • OSHA was reportedly notified of the deadly Colorado fracking accident about two or so hours after it occurred.
  • While one worker has already died due to the severity of his injuries, two others are reportedly undergoing extensive medical treatments at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp. could end up facing a number of serious OSHA violations, as well as some hefty fines, if the OSHA investigation ends up finding that the company was negligent in complying with OSHA protocols necessary to protecting oil field workers.

Halliburton spokespeople have released the following statement regarding this deadly Colorado fracking accident:

This is a very difficult time for all of us at Halliburton, and we are working with local authorities as they look into the details of this incident… out of respect for the families’ privacy, we are not releasing any additional information at this time.

Herb Gibson, the OSHA area director, has stated that, “two investigators are at the Mead area site looking into the accident… it’s a dangerous industry… this is a tragic situation.”

Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick

If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.

In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses.

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