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Worker hurt at well site

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. ” An oil and gas worker was severely injured late Monday night after getting hit in the head by a 100-pound piece of equipment at a well about five miles southwest of Rifle in the Flatiron Mesa area.

“At approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, an accident occurred while Halliburton employees were providing wireline services,” Diana Gabriel, a Halliburton communications manager, said in an e-mail. “One Halliburton employee suffered severe injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.”

She said Halliburton and local authorities are investigating the accident. She wouldn’t discuss further details, she said, to protect the privacy of the employee’s family.

The accident occurred at a Laramie Energy well pad. Bob Hea, of Laramie Energy’s operations department, said the company was waiting for an accident report and wouldn’t release further information out of respect for the Halliburton worker’s family.

He referred to Halliburton for more information.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Deputy Tanny McGinnis said the accident victim was hit in the head by a 29-foot tube that weighs about 100 pounds when a cable supporting the tube broke.

The worker was reportedly flown to St. Mary’s by about 2:30 a.m.

The companies wouldn’t release the worker’s identity. McGinnis said she didn’t have the man’s identity or information about his condition. Someone with the Rifle Fire Protection District said he couldn’t discuss the call to the accident due to medical privacy laws. Initial reports over the radio said the worker was a 38-year-old man who suffered severe head lacerations and an ankle injury.

A St. Mary’s Hospital spokeswoman said she couldn’t release the man’s condition without his name.

Gabriel said in the e-mail that Halliburton’s primary concern is the safety of all employees.


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