US agency cites 3 companies in Oklahoma rig explosion


August 3, 2018

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to three companies involved in a natural gas rig explosion in Oklahoma that killed five workers.

OSHA announced Monday that it's fined Patterson-UTI Drilling, Crescent Consulting LLC and Skyline Directional Drilling LLC a total of $118,000 for "exposing employees to fire and explosion hazards" in the Jan. 22 explosion near Quinton, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa.

An initial state regulator incident report indicates the blast happened when an uncontrolled release of gas caught fi...

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