US oilfield deaths rise sharply, up 70%
Especially in Texas, number of oil workers dying on the job is up; nationwide almost 600 workers died between 2002 and 2007
Associated Press Writer
Less than two months into the job in the oilfields of West Texas, Brandon Garrett was sliced in half by a motorized spool of steel cable as he and other roughnecks struggled to get a drilling rig up and running.
Garrett’s grisly end illustrates yet another soaring cost of America’s unquenchable thir....
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