A jury in Wyoming has awarded $5.1 million dollars in damages to an oil and gas worker who suffered injuries while on the job in 2011.
Blake Horr, who was 22 years old at the time, was working on a Merit Energy oil well with a crew when a pressure build up released, shooting a piece of rubber through his left arm.
His arm was shattered by the flying debris.
Horr’s attorney, Bryan Ulmer, said Horr lost use of his arm as a result of the injury.
Merit Energy argued that the fault lay with its contractor, Basic Energy Services.
Ulmer said, “To reflect on whether they’re doing things the right way, whether they’re making the right choices and whether they’re doing all that they could be doing to make what is undeniably a dangerous job as safe as it can be.”