Drilling company in fatal Pittsburg county well explosion has past OSHA violations in the state | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Drilling company in fatal Pittsburg county well explosion has past OSHA violations in the state

The drilling company working on a well when it exploded earlier this week had past federal workplace safety violations in the state, according to government records.

Federal authorities are investigating what caused a drilling rig to explode Monday morning. Five workers died -- three employed by drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy -- 17 others were able to evacuate the well site; one worker was flown to a Tulsa hospital for burn injuries.

The well head burned around the Patterson Rig No. 219 for hours Monday, until the well head could be shut off. Officials said the remote switch for a safety valve for the well -- a blowout preventer -- was inoperable from the explosion.

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