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Quinton Gas Rig Explosion Company on “Dirty Dozen” List

Quinton Gas Rig Explosion Company on “Dirty Dozen” List

April 26, 2018 — Patterson UTI, a drilling company involved in the gas rig explosion that killed 5 workers near Quinton, Oklahoma, has been listed as a company with dangerously unsafe practices.

Patterson UTI, based in Houston, Texas, was drilling a natural gas well that ignited and exploded on January 22, killing 5 workers.

The explosion was caused by an uncontrolled release of gas during the tripping-out process.

In the past 10 years, Patterston-UTI has been cited 110 times by OSHA for “serious” safety violations in the past decade, with 13 deaths in that time-frame.

Patterson-UTI was listed on the “Dirty Dozen” this year by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. According to their report:

“The disaster in Quinton was one of the worst onshore drilling incidents in U.S. history, and the deadliest event in the oil and gas industry — onshore or offshore — since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.”

The rig that exploded near Quinton was not covered by OSHA’s safety rules implemented in the 1990s for hazardous chemicals. Separate safety rules were supposed to be developed, but never materialized.

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