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Oil Field Rig Explosion Results in 3 Deaths in West Texas

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Mar-2015

Early Tuesday morning an oil field rig in West Texas exploded, causing the deaths of three workers. According to reports, the accident took place near Rankin, which is about 40 miles south of Midland. The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland, which owns significant acreage in the Permian Basin. However, all the workers were reportedly employed by Mason Well Service Ltd., located in Odessa.

The employees who were killed were part of a pulling unit crew that was on site when the oil rig explosion occurred. This is a well-servicing outfit that is responsible for laying down rods, tubing, casting, as well as maintaining the rig and other various duties.

All But One Killed in Explosion

There were four employees on the site when the oil rig exploded, however, only three were killed. The fourth worker was not hurt in the explosion. None of the names of the workers have yet been released.

Due to the boom of the oil and gas industry in this area, there is constant flurry of work being done in the Permian Basin, especially with constructing and managing oil rigs. Rankin is located just 40 miles south of the central hub of this booming oil area.

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