Police have identified the worker killed in an oil rig accident in Mannsville, Oklahoma Wednesday.

Ernesto Rodriquez, 42, was an operator for Forth Worth-based XTO and was performing workover operations at the company’s rig on Turkey Street when the accident happened.

The Johnston country sheriff’s office received a call about the accident around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Rodriquez was working on the tower when a high pressure release forced a pipe out of the well hole and fatally struck him, local news channel KXII said.

XTO is investigating the cause of the accident.

The rig remains shut down and secured until XTO and the the Occupational Safety and Health Administration complete their investigations.

“We send our deepest sympathy to the family of the injured employee,” an XTO spokesman said.

XTO operates in 25 counties in Oklahoma and employees 292 workers in the state.

The company currently has 11 rigs in the state producing a gross total of 459 million cubic feet per day of gas and 9,453 barrels of oil per day.


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