June 18, 2020 — A $10 million injury lawsuit has been filed by a man from Southeast Texas who was burned in an oil rig explosion last year.
The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Fregia, a man who suffered “severe burns from the waist up” when an oil well located in Jasper County exploded on August 9, 2019. Two other men were also badly burned.
The operator of the drilling site — Jeffcoat Production Company and its owner, Lamar Jeffcoat — are accused of a “complete lack of concern for the health, safety and welfare of workers on this job site.”
The explosion occurred when a crew was using a “work over rig” to perform maintenance at a drilling well site. Unfortunately, a water tank was delivered too close to the pump, in violation of safety standards.
The lawsuit blamed the explosion on highly-flammable natural gas fumes getting into the engine that turns the pump.
The crew tried to shut down the engine, but they were unable to stop an uncontrolled release of natural gas before it exploded. Lawyers called the fire “completely preventable.”
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