The recent death of a worker in an oil field accident serves as another example of the often-unsafe working conditions Texas workers face. It also illustrates the important role played by workers' compensation benefits as a resource upon which workers and their families may rely when a work accident victim is injured or dies.
Fellow workers in a rural Texas oil field heard the sound of a falling hardhat. They looked up into the rig and saw an unconscious 40-year-old worker hung up in his safety harness. The injured worker appeared to have fallen while working high above the base of the oil rig when he lost his footing and fell.