2 Vici men die after oil rig accident involving crane in Elk City; OSHA investigating

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An oil rig accident involving a crane has killed two Vici men who worked for an Oklahoma City-based company.
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john

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Nov 18, 2009
 

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thats why crane opperators should have to be licensed...
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and thats also why there are policies to not stand under or anywhere around under suspended loads
Marvin

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Nov 19, 2009
 
yes wrote:
and thats also why there are policies to not stand under or anywhere around under suspended loads
They might have been moving something or who knows what was up. Could have happened to any of us.
ohscared

Elk City, OK

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Nov 19, 2009
 
I had read that one of the men was transported to the city hospital, did he die?
just asking

Chickasha, OK

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Nov 19, 2009
 
who was the Crane Company?
Bill

Elk City, OK

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Nov 19, 2009
 
ohscared wrote:
I had read that one of the men was transported to the city hospital, did he die?
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Bill

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Nov 19, 2009
 
just asking wrote:
who was the Crane Company?
My question is was the operator licensed.
Bill

Elk City, OK

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Nov 19, 2009
 
john wrote:
thats why crane opperators should have to be licensed...
They do on a Cactus location and any other that I had heard of.
Okie

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Nov 19, 2009
 
I believe the crane belongs to Stallion heavy haulers. And from what I understand the same crane was parked at four corners when its parking brake failed and it rolled through the intersection through a fence and into a field only days before this accident occurred. Kinda makes you wonder what type of maintenance and upkeep were performed by these guys on their equipment. I hope these young men didn't lose their lives over something that could have been prevented by a little daily maintence. My prayers go out to everyone involved.
Bill

Elk City, OK

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Nov 19, 2009
 
Okie wrote:
I believe the crane belongs to Stallion heavy haulers. And from what I understand the same crane was parked at four corners when its parking brake failed and it rolled through the intersection through a fence and into a field only days before this accident occurred. Kinda makes you wonder what type of maintenance and upkeep were performed by these guys on their equipment. I hope these young men didn't lose their lives over something that could have been prevented by a little daily maintence. My prayers go out to everyone involved.
I have a friend that says that the tool pusher Jared was standing next to these guys and barely escaped with his life. He didn't have very many details but he did say that this is a very experienced pusher and if the pusher wasn't afraid to be standing there then I doubt these hands weren't doing anything wrong.
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Nov 20, 2009
 
be that as it may about him being an experienced pusher,there are still policies about not standing under or close to under suspended loads. don't get me wrong, this is a horrible thing and i hate that it happened to anyone.noone deserves this type of thing. people get hurt everyday in the oilfield from not paying attention to what is going on around them and from not following policy procedures. its a horrible thing but it happens everyday.
if it is stallion, they are filing for bankruptcy. don't know how relevant that is other than that might be why their cranes werent properly maintained.
Pissed off father-in-law

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Nov 23, 2009
 
Well once again people have lost there lives due to stupidity. Let me see I hear the crane operator wasnt certified. Whos fault is that that he was even allowed on cactus yard to run a crane. Is it cactus or stallions fault? And what really did happen because nobody wants to let the cat out of the bag. I will tell you one thing I know we just buried a damn good hard working man that has a family that loves him and a two week old baby girl at home who will never know her daddy. When OSHA and beckham countys sherriff are done with this investigation cactus and stallion and whoever else was on site that day better get ready the truths gonna come ouy
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Nov 23, 2009
 
father-in-law failed to mention the little girl that he accepted as his own and called him daddy, she is three and is now dealing with the grief that mommy, her and her new baby sister no longer have daddy to hold them tight when they need him. Her first reaction when she saw him laying in the casket was "my daddy's dressed like a pirate" (because he lost his eye in the accident) then in the next breath her question was: "mommy when daddy is done playing pirate, can he come home?" Who ever rushed through this process or whatever safety rule was broken by them I hope they can't sleep at night because of what has happened to these families!
Friends of Randy-Chris

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Dec 11, 2009
 
Was the operator qualified to be running the crane? Did Stallions financial condition play a part in this (Chapter 11)? Was a lift plan performed? I hope they find all of this out? My heart goes out to the families of both.
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Dec 20, 2009
 
john wrote:
thats why crane opperators should have to be licensed...
Licensed people drive cars every day and have accidents that result in death and injuries. What is needed is proper training that will instill safety in operators. What part did the financial status of Stallion play in this is the question. Maintenance is lacking, training is lacking, certification is lacking. That is what needs to be addressed.
Natasha

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Jan 31, 2010
 
I know for a fact that these two men were not standing under this beam. Chris and Randy both knew better. Me and my girls miss Chris very much and the truth will come out!! We did have cactus call us and tell us that if we don't sue them and sue stallion then they would tell us what happen and we aren't promising to not sue anyone because the truth will come out!!
James

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Nov 9, 2011
 
Operators should be able to spell operator.
Madison Corckle DeadHeart

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Nov 10, 2011
 
It's been 2 years where's the truth??

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