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Tank Explosion Tragically Kills Oilfield Worker, Injures Another Near Enid, Oklahoma


An oilfield worker died tragically and another was injured Monday night, when a tank exploded at a saltwater disposal site near Enid, Oklahoma.

Propane Torch in Use When Lagoon Water Services Tank Exploded

Local fire departments responded to reports of an explosion at the Lagoon Water Services disposal site, at 7800 E. Fox Drive in Garfield County, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on March 4th.

According to the Garfield County Sherriff’s Department, the blast occurred as a crew was working on top of a tank with a propane torch and a man lift.

Victims Worked for Texas-Based Jennings Energy Services

A 32-year-old man died at the scene, apparently from blunt force head trauma.

Paramedics airlifted a second man to Oklahoma University Hospital, where he is currently listed in good condition. So far, however, authorities have not disclosed the nature of his injuries.

Both victims were out-of-state contractors with Jennings Energy Services, an oilfield services and construction company based in Midland, Texas.

Oklahoma State Agencies Investigating Fatal Disposal Tank Explosion

Monday night’s explosion remains under investigation.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) indicated that any environmental impacts related to the blast were confined within the site.

Other state agencies that regulate oilfield and workplace safety are also investigating the incident.

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