Oil rig worker killed in freak New Year’s Day accident

Legal news for Oklahoma personal injury attorneys. A worker was killed when a heavy pipe broke loose and fell onto a trailer.

Personal injury attorneys alerts- An oil rig worker is dead after an industrial accident in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City, OK—A fatal New Year’s Day industrial accident left an oil field worker dead on Friday, January 1, 2010. The freak accident occurred around 8:00 a.m., at an oil rig in Bethany, Oklahoma, when a pipe broke loose and crashed into a mobile trailer, as reported by Click Orlando, powered by WKMG Local 6.

According to police officials, a team of workers were reportedly winching up a pipe so that they could change out a drill bit, when for unknown reasons the pipe broke free and crash landed onto a mobile trailer where the other workers were staying. The pipe, which weighs about 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, sliced through the trailer and landed on top of Donnie Vickery, 35, of Noble, Oklahoma, who was inside the trailer at the time. Vickery was killed instantly in the horrific freak accident. Another unidentified worker, who was also inside the trailer, suffered a hand injury while attempting to stop the falling pipe. The worker was treated at the scene by responding emergency medical services (EMS) teams for his injuries. It is currently unknown what prompted the heavy piece of pipe to slip away and fall onto the trailer. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov/ is conducting a full investigation into the fatal workplace accident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Oklahoma personal injury lawyers.