A Utah native was recently working on an oil rig in North Dakota when the horrific happened. Jeffery Kinkaid died after he could not recover from injuries that he incurred after an explosion at an oil rig on September 4th. Kinkaid was airlifted to the Minnesota burn center but his injuries were too extensive to merit survival. Kinkaid worked for Frontier Drilling, a company that is passed in Denver, Colorado. He worked at rig sites all over the U.S. The North Dakota site was owned by Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., a company that is based in Wichita, Kansas.
A Frontier Drilling spokesman named James Lynch commented on the accident for The Salt Lake Tribune, claiming that Kinkaid was transferring drilling fluid when the blast happened. The worker was working with a 400-barrel tank of the flammable fluid, and had just opened the tank’s lied when the liquid ignited. Kinkaid suffered third-degree burns on 90 percent of his body. Kinkaid lay in precarious condition for almost two weeks before he finally passed away. The man had been working on this specific rig since January, and his incident is still under investigation.
If you have lost a loved one to a horrible oil rig explosion like this one, then you may want to seek damages from the company that owns the oil rig or your loved one’s place of employment. After an extensive investigation, the law enforcement will be able to tell you exactly how your loved one came to meet his or her death. If you believe that that death could have been prevented through safety precautions, then you should seek compensation. As well, if your loved one was hospitalized with burns and has accumulated medical bills that need to be paid, seek damages from your loved one’s place of employment. At Arnold & Itkin, we are dedicated to seeking justice in your oil rig explosion case. Talk to us today!