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Four Injured In Illinois Oil Field Explosion

October 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Four people were injured in a barrel tank explosion caused by welding in White County, Illinois. Three of the injured were injured seriously. Courierpress reported a story about the accident.

The injured, Shane Farris, John Sullivan, Brandon Hooper, and Jason Parr, were filling a 210 barrel tank in preparation for a “frac job” when a leak occurred. “They apparently didn’t vent the tank before Shane started welding on it, and it exploded,” said Sonny McCulley, father-in-law of Brandon Hooper.

Hooper, 28, was within 10 feet of the explosion, but luckily he had his back to the blast. He got burns on his hands, elbows, back, and stomach.

McCulley said that the welder was completely in flames, but Hooper and the others were able put them out. Hooper then drove all of the men to Norris City where ambulances and helicopters met them.

Farris and Parr were taken to the burn unit of a hospital in Kentucky and Sullivan to Barnes Hospital at St. Louis. Hooper received treatment and was released from Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.

McCulley called Hooper a lucky man, but with burned hands, Hooper will not be able to work until his burns have healed. The three other men were burnt worse, so they will have to stay off work for even longer. If you end up injured while at work, be sure to find out if you are eligible for worker’s compensation. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you with your case, so do not hesitate. Contact a skilled Chicago worker’s compensation attorney today.

Written by Staff Writer

October 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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