UT Oil Well Blast, Fire Kills One, Injures Two Others

A 28-year-old worker was killed and two others were injured in an explosion and fire at an oil well site in eastern Utah on Tuesday.

One employee suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and was hospitalized while another was treated for minor injuries at the scene, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report (http://bit.ly/16jF3F6).

Firefighters and paramedics from both Uintah and neighboring Duchesne counties along with sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of the explosion at the Newfield Exploration Company site Tuesday night. The fire ignited by the explosion did not burn the well drilling equipment itself, but was contained to the nearby 400-gallon holding tank containing crude oil and other, unspecified equipment.

A multi-agency investigation--including members of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Utah State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Uintah County Sheriff's Department--began Wednesday into the cause of the incident.

Read additional details about the deadly blast and probe at http://bit.ly/16jF3F6.

For more on firefighting at industrial sites, consider OIL WELL EXPLOSION, Industrial Fire Attack, Storage Tank Fires: Is Your Department Prepared?, and INDUSTRIAL FIREFIGHTERS ARE FIREFIGHTERS, TOO!.

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