Man killed in Texas drilling mishap

Desert drillsite: Workers drilling in remote area near Texas-Mexico border

A man was killed at a drilling site in a remote corner of west Texas this week after he was struck by a piece of drillpipe that flew out after it became wedged in the well, authorities said.

The Culberson County sheriff’s office identified the victim as Brad Callicote, 22, of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Authorities were called to the site close to the Texas-New Mexico border at about 1 pm 18 March after Callicote sustained injuries to his shoulder and legs while working on a rig from Midland-based Parker Drilling, according to Sheriff Oscar Carrillo.

He was pronounced dead at the site, half a mile on the Texas side of the New Mexico border 8 miles off highway 285.

An autopsy in El Paso is pending and investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are under way, police said.

The remote location meant it took responders from Texas more than two hours to reach the site, Carrillo said.

New Mexico authorities were closer, but Callicote was already dead when medical workers reached the scene.

Oilfield incidents, which have included thefts and a fall from a derrick, are new to what is traditionally a ranching and mining area, Carrillo said.

It has been a deadly week for the US onshore oil patch.

A North Dakota man was killed on 14 March in a vaccum truck mishap, while another was fatally stabbed in an argument at a man-camp in the state on 17 March.

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