CSB calls for protection at oil and gas sites after examining Weleetka, Oklahoma oil site explosion
On April 13, 2010, CSB released a safety video aimed at educating young people on the hazards of socialising at oil sites, a common phenomenon in rural areas.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced it has sent investigators to a fatal explosion which occurred on April 14, 2010, at an oil site in Weleetka, Oklahoma. The CSB team is headed by Investigations Supervisor Don Holmstrom who leads the CSB's regional office in Denver, Colorado. A 21-year-old member of the public died of burns sustained in the explosion and fire.
CSB Board Member William Wark said: "The CSB is very concerned about oil site explosions which continue to tragically take the lives of young people in rural areas of oil-producing states. Only last week, I met the families of two teenagers killed last October in an oil site explosion in Mississippi. In that accident and others across the country, the victims had easy access to storage tanks, catwalks, and hatches and do not appear to have been aware of the serious explosion hazard from highly flammable vapor that is inside or near the tanks."
On April 13, 2010, the CSB released a safety video aimed at educating young people on the hazards of socializing at oil sites, a common phenomenon in rural areas, the CSB found. Entitled "No Place to Hang Out" the video tells the story of the tragic deaths of 18-year-old Wade White and 16-year-old Devon Byrd, killed in October 31, 2009, when an oil tank, located in a clearing in the woods near the home of one of the boys in the rural town of Carnes, suddenly exploded.
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