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Ohio Oil-Rig Worker Killed In Drilling Accident

An oil rig worker died Monday in an accident at an oil well in Carroll County, Ohio, according to the Times Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia.

Abdal Audeh, 28, of New Philadelphia died of massive blunt-impact injuries to his chest, the Stark County Coroner found Tuesday. Audeh was working at an oil-well site run by R.E. Gas Development, part of Rex Energy Corp., in Washington Township, when the fatal incident took place.

He and Alex Cox of Cadiz, Ohio, were working on a rig at 4 p.m. Monday, and they neglected to attach a safety line, The Times Reporter said. That line stops drilling gear from swinging on an oil platform and striking workers. As it turned out, both men were struck by a piece of equipment.

Audeh was brought to Aultman Hospital in Canton, where he died at 5:30 p.m., according to the Times Reporter. Cox had a head injury, and was treated and released at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Both men worked for Sidewinder Drilling, which is headquartered in Houston. They were Rex Energy contractors.

“Yesterday afternoon, the Sidewinder Drilling family tragically lost a dedicated and valued member of our team,” Travis Fitts, senior vice president of HR and HSE, Sidewinder Drilling, said in a prepared statement, which was printed by the Times Reporter.

“Our deepest sympathies remain with our colleague’s family and friends as they mourn this loss. Sidewinder Drilling is working with all relevant authorities to investigate this accident and determine its cause. We are also reviewing all corporate-wide safety training and procedures. Our company has no higher priority than the safety of our employees.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has already started investigating the accident, the local newspaper said.



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