A November 13
oil field accident related to fracking has taken the life of a Halliburton worker. He and
two other Halliburton employees were attempting to thaw out a frozen high-pressure
water line at about 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.
A spokesman for the Weld County sheriff's office said that the incident
occurred at a well site just north of Colorado 66, near Mead, Colorado.
Anadarko Petroleum had contracted with Halliburton to provide fracking
services at the site, although those operations had not yet begun.
Water Line Ruptures
The sheriff's department spokesman stated that the accident happened
when the high-pressure water line ruptured, spewing water that had been
under a reported 3500 to 4500 psi. By contrast, a fire hose typically
delivers water under less than 100 psi.
The impact of the water reportedly killed a 36-year-old man from Brighton,
although the investigation into his death was still ongoing. A 48-year-old
worker was airlifted to a hospital in Denver, and a 28-year-old worker
was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, as reported
by the sheriff's office. Both were said to have suffered serious injuries.
OSHA Investigators Involved
The Denver area Director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
indicated that three OSHA investigators had arrived at the scene of the
fatal event. He stated that the last fatality at a well site in Weld County
occurred in August 2012 near Fort Lupton.
The OSHA area director went on to state that the most prevalent oil field
accidents result from explosions, struck-by events and exposure to hazardous
chemicals. By contrast, the November 13 accident involved water under
extremely high pressure.
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