Oil Field Worker Killed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/7/07

Oil Field Worker Killed

This is the second accident in three weeks that happened outside Morton at a pumping station, and according to the county sheriff, this is simply a dangerous business.

"Anytime people work around machinery... Some little something goes wrong... An unexpected and it happens," Cochran County Sheriff Wallace Stalcup said.

Yesterday morning, a crew was removing cycle rods from the ground. Those rods go into the ground to pump the oil out and as one was being removed, it got bent, snapped and instantly killed 56-year-old Levelland resident Jesus Chavira.

"He was a real good man... He was there for everyone. He was a caring man," Chavira's niece Veronica Perez Torres said.

Torres added the company who owns the well, North Premium Well Services has only called the family once.

"We didn't get to hear anything until today. She was supposed to be notified the same day and nobody notified her about anything," Torres said.

NewsChannel 11 also called the company several times Friday, left several messages and never got a return call. But we do know that as of now this issues is in the hands of OSHA to determine an exact cause.

"Fortunately they don't happen this often... This is really an odd thing that we'd have something like this happen twice in a three week period," Sheriff Stalcup said.

We've also learned that Chavira worked for this company for 12 years and was from Mexico. We spoke with some of his relatives that live in Levelland Friday, and they say that he'll be going back to Mexico for a proper burial.

 

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