OSHA has levied $50,400 in fines in connection with an “oil rig inferno” that killed three family members in Texas back in March 2015. The victims of the accident were Arturo Martinez Sr., Arturo Martinez Jr. and Rogelio Salgado, who died as they worked to install a blowout preventer, which seals, controls and monitors a rig. OSHA cited employer Mason Well Service of Odessa, on September 8th for one repeated and five serious workplace violations. The agency determined that the company failed to prevent contact between an ignition source and flammable liquids and gases, and did not ensure workers wore personal hydrogen sulfide monitors and flame-retardant clothing. Parsley Energy in Midland owned the well and contracted Mason to install a blowout preventer.
Read the full release from OSHA here.