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Drilling rig accident kills 2, injures 3

Residents of Montana may have heard of an accident in Oklahoma that resulted in two fatalities and caused injuries to three people. The incident occurred early in the morning hours of Dec. 26 in a remote area about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. According to reports, there was an explosion and a fire, but authorities do not yet know which one came first and what the actual cause of the accident was.

Further reports indicate that there has not been any environmental damage from the accident, which occurred near Highway 31. Two of the injured workers were taken to trauma centers, and it is reported that they were in critical condition. The third worker is reported to have suffered burns to his hands. Information on the fatalities has not yet been released.

The oil derrick where the incident occurred is owned by a Texas company called Pablo Energy. This accident occurred roughly one month after a man in Colorado was killed while working on a hydraulic fracturing operation.

While the two incidents are not related, they serve as a reminder that the oil industry can be dangerous, and workers need some protections to help keep them safe. In a fatal accident such as this one, the families of the victims may have some legal recourse available. For instance, they may be able to file a workers' compensation claim for lost wages and burial expenses, and in some situations, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against any third party that was also responsible for the workplace accident.

Source: Headlines & Global News, "Explosion, Fire At Oklahoma Oil Drilling Rig Kills Two Workers, Leaves Three Others Critically Injured", Rida Ahmed, December 19, 2014

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