World Oilfield Forum
Drilling worker crushed to death in Northwest Pennsylvania
April 6, 2012 10:16 am
TIONESTA, Pa. -- Investigators say a 24-year-old drilling worker has been fatally crushed by a large piece of pipe at a natural gas well site in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.
Forest County Coroner Norman Wimer says Brandon Pennywell, of Harrisburg, was killed instantly when the pipe slipped, crushing him between it and a large beam. A team of workers was placing the pipe together with another piece about 8:20 a.m. Thursday in Tionesta.
Pennywell was employed by Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., a subcontractor hired by Seneca Resources.
Seneca spokesman Rob Boulware says the company is investigating the accident and doing "everything we can to prevent it happening again."
Drilling has yet to begin though site preparation at the well is nearly finished. The well is about 80 miles north northeast of Pittsburgh.
Source: Post Gazette.com