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Gas company ignores warning signs before fatal explosion

posted Dec 17, 2018, 6:53 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 7:47 AM ]

By: Jasmine Richardson In Quinton, Oklahoma, a drilling company ignores many warning signs from the gas and equipment malfunctions, which cost the lives of five workers and left others badly injured. According to the Denverpost.com, The Parker Waldrige’s family alleges in a Dec.4 amendment to their wrongful death lawsuit “Cascade of errors and multiple departures form, safe drilling practices”, by the Patterson-UTI drilling company.

The Denver post states that the lawsuit alleges that at least two days before the explosion, the rig superintendent, manager and many other employees of Patterson received email results of a laboratory test warning problems.  Some of the warning sign showed “skull and crossbones graphics” according to the lawsuit.

    It was found by the U.S. chemical safety and Hazard Investigation Board that the accumulator wasn’t able to fully close the well on the day of the explosion. This explosion was the deadliest drilling accident since the deepwater horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, leaving 11 dead.


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