Explosion and Fire at Wyoming Oil Storage Facility Kills 3

Wyoming MapUPDATE: The Spence Law Firm is continuing to investigate last Monday’s explosion that killed three workers laying fuel line at Samson Resources Company’s Wyoming oil storage site. Early reports indicate that the explosion may have been caused by a fuel line that was being installed at the plant. The explosion also caused a serious fire in the area. The explosion killed workers Llewellyn Dort of Casper and Gerardo Alatorre of Mills, employees of Wild West Construction, and James Turner of Casper, an employee of Double D Welding & Fabrication. Federal and Wyoming State officials are also continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion.

The Spence Law Firm is taking immediate steps to investigate the cause of the explosion. Samson Resources Co. is believed to be the owner of the facility, and the victims, contract workers, were employed by Wild West Construction and Double D Welding & Fabrication (contractors for Samson).

Wyoming OSHA representative JD Danni has stated that the Wyoming Occupational Safety & Health Administration has two investigators on the scene of the explosion and a report will be prepared in the next 180 days.

Wyoming law requires that owners of oil and gas facilities provide reasonably safe working conditions on the premises for contractors working at their facilities and on their property. Samson Resources Co. is believed to be the owner of the facility, and the injured contract workers were employed by Wild West Construction and Double D Welding & Fabrication (contractors for Samson).

The Samson explosion shows a continuing need for increased safety for Wyoming’s workers. The Spence Law Firm has actively worked to increase workers safety laws in our state, to ensure that employers and facility owners are accountable for their actions, and to protect the rights of workers injured or killed performing dangerous work in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported last week that the number of occupational fatalities in Wyoming rose to 34 last year — an increase of nearly 79 percent from the year before. Ten of those 34 workplace deaths were in natural resources and mining.

Earlier this year the Wyoming Senate recently defeated a bill that proposed to immunize workers who acted with willful and wanton misconduct in injuring or killing their co-workers on the job. Under the proposed legislation, co-employees or supervisors would only be held accountable if they actually intended to cause a specific injury, while reckless disregard for a fellow worker’s safety would have been immunized. The Wyoming AFL-CIO and Wyoming Trial Lawyer’s Association, working with Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming and other workers’ rights groups, fought against the anti-worker/anti-workplace safety bill.

The Spence Law Firm has extensive experience in cases involving explosions and fires at industrial plants like the one apparently involved in Monday’s incident. For more information about what we do and how we can help, see read more here or call us today, at (844) 447-5497.

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