Rig 17. Image courtesy of Cyclone Drilling.

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Colorado worker killed on October 21 at a Cyclone Drilling operated rig.

Shane Hill, 34, was struck on the back of the head after a fitting blew off a Cyclone Drilling rig near the town of Parachute.

Hill was “killed instantly,” Garfield County deputy corner Thomas Walton told the Daily Sentinel.

A spokesperson for Oklahoma-based WPX, the operator of the well pad, said Hill died around 7:00 p.m.

Cyclone has ruled Hill’s death accidental, local news channel KJCT8 said.

The company’s website lists Rig 17 as the only unit working near Parachute.

Hill had worked on oil rigs for about a decade. He joined Cyclone in October 2013.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the incident.

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and the Bureau of Land Management were also informed of the accident.

Cyclone has been cited for safety violations in the past.

In 2012, OSHA fined Cyclone $65,000 for two repeat and five serious safety and health violations in North Dakota including fire, fall and electrical hazards.

The company reached a settlement with the agency and paid $27,00 after some of the citations were dropped.


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