Workplace accident leaves two men seriously injured

Oklahoma residents do not have to work in the oil industry to know that it can be dangerous. Most of the state's oil companies do what they can to protect their workers from a workplace accident. However, workers can still be injured even at the safest work sites.

For example, two men were recently seriously injured at a work site in northern Oklahoma. The crew was using a forklift to transport a pipe that was approximately 40 feet in length. As it was being moved, the two men who were injured instructed the worker operating the forklift to put the pipe on the ground and push it forward.

The strap that was used to secure the pipe to the forklift slipped off, which sent the pipe crashing to the ground. Unfortunately, the two men were under it, and both were struck on the head. A deputy with the Woods County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene.

One of the men was taken from the scene by helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, and the other was taken by ambulance. Sometime after his arrival at a hospital in Alva, the second man was also flown to OU Medical Center. At last report, both men remained hospitalized in serious condition.

Head injuries can be problematic since there is no way to predict whether a patient will suffer any permanent damage as a result. No further information was reported regarding the prognosis of either man. In fact, it could be some time before it will be known whether a full recovery is possible.

When an employee suffers a serious injury in a workplace accident, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Benefits often cover medical expenses and lost wages, but other benefits are available as well. Depending on the nature of a person's injury, it may also be possible to receive benefits such as permanent disability and occupational training, among others.

Source:, "UPDATE: Sheriff identifies two injured in oilfield accident", Jessica Miller, July 15, 2015

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