A 32-year-old man was killed and his co-worker was injured in an explosion at a saltwater disposal site in Enid, Oklahoma, recently.
The medical examiner's office said the man was killed by blunt force head trauma. The cause of death was ruled accidental.
The injured worker was listed in good condition at OU Medical Center in the aftermath of the accident.
The incident occurred at a job site where the men were working on top of the saltwater tank. They were using a propane tank when the blast occurred, according to the local acting sheriff.
The lessee of the tank, a private water logistics company, subcontracted with an energy company to do the work. The subcontractor employed the two men, both of whom were from other states. A representative of the water company said that worker safety was a "core value" of the company.
The results of the investigation into the explosion are now in the hands of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and other agencies in the state.
It is known that the deceased left behind a family, including a child. Now, his family not only has been robbed of his companionship and love, but also of financial support. They also have been left with any hospital costs that were encountered before his passing, as well as funeral expenses.
When families lose a loved one and breadwinner in a workplace accident, it's important to find out if that accident could have been prevented by their employer or others responsible for the site. An experienced attorney can help work to seek the compensation needed to move forward.