Oil co. "could have prevented" death of untrained Texas worker, says OSHA
A worker who was electrocuted after coming into contact with energized electrical parts while trying to restore power to a pumping station was not adequately trained on the hazards of electrical repairs and maintenance on or near energized equipment, according to OSHA, which has cited Halcon Resources Corp. for two willful and seven serious safety violations.
The accident occurred at the company's work site located in Wichita County in April.
"If the company had followed OSHA's safety standards, it's possible that this tragic accident could have been prevented,” said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth – the office that conducted the investigation following the fatality.
The willful violations include failing to provide training on safe work practices and to provide electrical protective equipment, such as gloves, for employees performing maintenance work.
The serious violations include failing to provide specific lockout/tagout procedures and ensure that the energy sources of electrical equipment are locked out prior to performing maintenance, test electrical personal protective equipment, and ensure that only qualified personnel perform testing and maintenance on electrical equipment.
Proposed penalties total $189,000. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HalconResourcesCorporationdbaWGOperating_316046051_1001_12.pdf*.
Halcon Resources is a Houston-based oil and gas servicing company that employs 300 workers nationwide.