August 2, 2018 — OSHA has cited 3 companies involved in the deadly Patterson 219 gas drilling rig explosion on January 22 near Quinton, Oklahoma.

Patterson-UTI Drilling, Crescent Consulting LLC, and Skyline Directional Drilling LLC were cited by OSHA for “exposing employees to fire and explosion hazards.”

The companies were specifically cited for failing to ensure that heat lamps in use were approved for hazardous locations, as well as “failing to maintain proper controls while drilling a well, inspect slow descent devices, and implement emergency response plans.”

They were fined a total of $118,643 — the maximum allowed for OSHA violations, according to the McAlester News-Capital.

Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the 5 workers who died in the explosion — Matt Smith, 29; Josh Ray, 35; Cody Risk, 26; Parker Waldridge, 60; and Roger Cunningham, 55.

Patterson-UTI has a long record of OSHA safety violations, with 196 citations since 2007 and at least 16 workplace fatalities investigated.

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