Oil Worker Killed in North Dakota Accident is Identified

Oil Worker Killed in North Dakota Accident is Identified


Despite massive efforts aimed at improving worker safety, danger is always part of working in the oilpatch. No amount of regulation or training will ever make working on rigs 100% safe.
by John Pendleton  |   Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Despite massive efforts aimed at improving worker safety, danger is always part of working in the oilpatch. No amount of regulation or training will ever make working on rigs 100% safe, even though companies spend enormous amounts of money on education and equipment.

Last week gave us another somber reminder that safety has to be priority one on any drilling site.

Just after noon on Saturday, an oil worker was killed on the jobsite when a loader backed over him. The incident occurred as a crew was "rigging-up" on a site just North of the tiny town of Powers Lake, in Burke County, North Dakota.

The victim has been identified as Coby Thibodeaux, age 35, of Geismar, Louisiana. Thibodeaux had been working as a contract employee since last November. The companies and OSHA are investigating what happened, although the Burke County Sheriff’s Office has already ruled the death to be an accident.

Thibodeaux is survived by his mother, two sisters, two brothers and three daughters. Services are scheduled for Friday and the pall-bearers will wear camouflage in his memory.

North Dakota is the number two producer of U.S. oil and also leads the nation in workplace fatalities. The rewards of working in the oilpatch are enormous, but everyone in the industry needs to maintain a constant focus on safety. Even one fatality in the patch is one too many.

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kelly riggall | Friday, May 31, 2013
Rush rush rush, all the company and client on site personnel preach the safety but when it comes to crunch time like rigging up its go go go wide open and everyone's and running in circles. I think it a very two faced industry in that aspect!
 
Randy C Randolph | Friday, May 31, 2013
God bless this young man and his Family,been in the oil patch for a long while and it still breaks my heart when someone gets hurt or dies,it's like losing a family member.
 
Tracy A. Glassel | Friday, May 31, 2013
Have you ever been around those loader operators after dark? Lots of dark spots around rigs and the loader operators are in a hurry and don't always look befor backing up. I was on a location last night and kept my fingers crossed the whole time that me or my truck didn't get hit. He scared the $#!* out of me.
 
ALLAN SCHARTMANN | Friday, May 31, 2013
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. ALL OUR PRAYERS!
 
paul kleinsasser | Friday, May 31, 2013
thats very sad, my prays go out to there family . it is stuff like this we take for granted because the loader is around us every day and it just takes seconds for accidents like this to happen so lets try to be safe out there guys so we can all go back home to our familys when our hitch is over...
 
Julian Garcia | Monday, May 30, 2016
My condolences to the family.
It saddens me to hear a fellow oilfield brother killed on duty.. Ive worked in the patch for 18 years worked for several companys. Ive seen alot of accidents.. And they were caused by being rushed.. Now Coby's daughters are without a father. It makes me furious and sad to hear such a loss.. My prayers goes out to his girls and family..
 
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