Injured Workers Will Reportedly Recover
As of Wednesday, September 25, 2013, the cause of the pipe burst in Karnes
County is still under investigation. Investigators from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration and the Railroad Commission of Texas
arrived in Karnes County on Wednesday to examine the water pipe that burst
on Tuesday morning. Six people were injured in the accident—four
of which were airlifted to the burn unit at San Antonio Military Medical
Center, while the other two were taken from the site (located west of
Falls City, Texas) to nearby hospitals. Every worker who was injured in
the accident is reportedly in stable condition and expected to survive.
Company that Owns the Rig Has Previous Work-Related Incident on Record
Three of workers involved in the accident work for Sprint Safety, which
is a Houston-based company that focuses on efficiency. The other three
workers are employed by Berry Bros, a general oil-field contractor. According
to news reports, the oil rig belongs to Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas.
Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas is an offshoot of Freeport McMoRan Copper
& Gold, which is one of the largest material companies in the world.
The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality's records state that
Freeport owns and operates 21 rigs in Karnes County. While many of these
rigs have only started operating a few months ago, none of them have any
Freeport does, however, own an Indonesian gold mine in Papua, according
to a Freeport spokesman. He told the news that a tunnel in the mine collapsed
in May of 2013, killing 28 workers. This caused the government in Indonesia
to review the safety measures at every mine throughout the country. Freeport
also reportedly held its own investigation and safety review following
the accident prior to reopening the mine in June, 2013.
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