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A contractor working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas was killed September 26 while digging a ditch around an oil rig for spill control.

Cody Elston, 42, was working in Crawford Ranch near Amarillo, Texas as a contractor with Oklahoma-based Redneck Services.

The Potter County Sheriff Department received a call around 11:30 a.m. Friday reporting the accident.

Sheriff officials said Elston’s leg got caught in a ditch-digging machine, causing fatal injuries.

“It tore him up pretty bad,” Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said.

Emergency responders provided assistance but Elston died at the scene, Amarillo Globe News said.

No other workers were injured during the accident.

Houston-based Apache and The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

“Apache regrets the loss of life and will investigate this incident. The safety of employees and contractors is Apache’s top priority,” Apache said.

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  1. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. […]

  2. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. […]

  3. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. […]

  4. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. […]

  5. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. […]

  6. […] According to reports, on September 26 Cody Elston, 42, was working at an Apache-operated drilling site in Texas when his leg was caught in a ditch-digging machine and was seriously injured. The Potter County Sheriff’s responded to a call at around 11:30 am on Friday that a worker had been injured on the Crawford Ranch about 20 miles north of Amarillo. Full story here. […]

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