Two killed in oilfield accidents

Oilfield deaths: Pair of workers killed in separate incidents

Two workers were killed late last week in separate oilfield incidents in North Dakota and Texas, authorities said.

A Halliburton crew member was killed at about 3:30 pm Saturday at a hydraulic fracturing site north of Watford City, North Dakota, the McKenzie County sheriff's office told Upstream.

The deceased was identified by the office as Michael A Krajewski, 49, of Duluth, Minnesota.

The sheriff's office did not provide a cause of death, but local reports indicated he was struck on the head by a section of pipe in connection with a misset valve.

A second worker, Brad Hong, 55, of Halliday, North Dakota also suffered minor injuries.

The Koala 154-97-15-34-27 wellsite is operated by Kodiak Oil & Gas, authorities said.

Krajewski's relatives told the Duluth News Tribune he was an air force veteran and family man who was proud of his oilfield work.

Halliburton confirmed the death of a worker and said further details were being withheld out of respect for the family.

"This is a very difficult time for all of us at Halliburton and our thoughts and prayers are with our employee's loved ones," a spokeswoman told Upstream.

"We continue to work with local authorities as they look into the details of this incident."

A second worker died on 17 January in Lamesa, Texas following hydrogen sulfide exposure while performing wellhead maintenance in an underground "cellar" below a pumpjack.

Authorities responded to a call at around 5:30 pm after Mariano Mojica, 57, of Lamesa, fell unconscious while underground, according to the Dawson County Sheriff Office.

Responders pulled him out and attempted lifesaving measures to no avail.

The pumpjack was operated by Fasken Oil & Ranch.

Both incidents will be investigated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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