Last Monday, an oil rig worker fell to his death in South Texas. The incident occurred in a rural part of Goliad County just outside of Victoria, Texas. The worker was approaching the top of a 50 foot oil rig when he slipped and fell. He was wearing a safety harness which stopped his free fall, but he was knocked unconscious when his head struck the side of the rig.
Co-workers did not see the fall, but became aware of the accident when they heard his hard hat hit the ground. They looked up to see him dangling in the air and called an emergency crew. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The autopsy showed a visible injury on the worker's forehead, but determined it not to be the cause of death. The cause of death still has not been declared.
The oil rig was operated by Progenies Energy and Xcel Energy Production.