Marcellus Well Pad Worker Killed on the Job in Tyler County

by Duane Nichols on January 15, 2017

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Identity released of victim in well pad workplace death on Thursday

From an Article by Kailee E. Gallahan, Clarksburg Exponent Telegraph, January 13, 2017

Middlebourne, WV — The identity of a man fatally injured at a Tyler County oil-and-gas well site Thursday morning has been released.

Hunter D. Osborn, 19, of Lewis County, died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Thursday from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a truck, then pinned between the truck and a stationary object, Tyler County Sheriff’s Lt. Shannon M. Huffman said in a press release.

“He was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and was airlifted to the hospital, where later on Thursday he succumbed to his injuries,” Huffman said.

Osborn was employed by U.S. Well Services of Jane Lew. An equipment operator, Osborn was injured while acting as a spotter for a tractor-trailer carrying a load of sand, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Leni Fortson.

“The victim was pinned between a tractor-trailer and sand silo while the truck was backing to off-load the sand,” Fortson said.

OSHA’s investigation is ongoing, and the agency will release its findings within six month, according to Fortson.

 “U.S. Well Services is currently investigating a very unfortunate accident that occurred yesterday which resulted in the death of one of our employees,” Human Resources Director Dean Fullerton said Friday.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our co-workers, and our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s family and friends during this difficult time. As the investigation is ongoing, we are not at liberty to say anything about the details of the incident at this time,” she said.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m. Thursday on the Hartley East Pad at 395 Ricky Run Road in Tyler County, Huffman said.

In addition to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department, emergency crews from Middlebourne EMS and members of the Alma, Shirley, Middlebourne and Pennsboro volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

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WTRF News 7 January 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm


WETZEL COUNTY, W.Va. – January 18, 2017

A scary scene this morning on Macedonia Ridge as a tanker truck rolled over.

When the accident happened the driver was ejected and pinned underneath the truck. It took crews more than three hours to get the man out from under the truck.

The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department was called into assist.

No word on the driver’s condition as of now (9 pm).


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