Oil Rig Death Investigated by OSHA

An investigation began in April into the drilling rig accident that took the life of a 35-year-old Big Spring, Texas man, reports say.

OSHA officials will look into whether any safety standards were ignored when 35-year-old William Ryan Locke died, reports say. Locke apparently died after falling from a ladder while working on a valve owned by Robinson Drilling of Texas Ltd. out of Big Spring, Midland County, Texas.

The incident occurred when the ladder Locke had been working on - one that was positioned on a platform near a high pressure pipe - reportedly broke. The water rushed out at an approximate pressure of around 3,000 pounds and knocked Locke from the ladder down to the platform. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

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