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Oil Field Accident Leaves Man Seriously Injured

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STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla_A Velma man was seriously injured when he was crushed by a platform while working at an oil well site Tuesday afternoon.

Mickey Pruitt of Velma was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City with what officials say was "multiple-system trauma". At last report Tuesday evening, he was said to be in stable condition.

The culprit was a work-over platform. This is a device that's lowered onto an already existing well that needs to be repaired. As to why things went so wrong, no one is sure, but it's clear this wasn't how things were supposed to end.

Pruitt was helping position a work-over rig into place when something out of the ordinary happened.

"Either a chain or a cable or a something failed and the piece of the rig fell down on him, and trapped him under it between the heavy piece of steel and the ground. My guys are saying it weighed somewhere between 500 and 800 pounds, so it pretty much crushed him, " said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney.

It took 4 men to lift the fallen platform off of the man. They worked as fast as they could, but because of the massive weight of the piece, his injuries were immediately devastating.

"Velma Emergency EMS and Velma First Responders responded with my deputies and they immediately got the helicopter on stand-by, got the helicopter en route and went to the high school where they set up a landing zone and they picked him up there, " said McKinney.

Pruitt was flown directly to OU Medical Center.

Sheriff McKinney credits Pruitt's life being saved to the first responders' quick thinking.

"When you have an injury with that type of equipment involved, you're better off getting a fast response set up such as a helicopter. Get them on standby, because the goal is one hour from injury to a definitive health care center somewhere, that being the OU Medical Center. That saves lives, " McKinney said.

Tuesday's accident was not a common occurrence, but even on a day where every safety guideline is followed the oil field can be a dangerous place.

"It's a dangerous job," said McKinney. "Working with the type of equipment they do and around the stuff they work and accidents do happen and a lot of times they're very extremely severe. Hopefully, hopefully this time will be an exception to the rule and this guy, this gentleman will be fine."

A representative from Pruitt's company was not available for comment. There were no other injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating the accident.

Sheriff McKinney said he and his deputies will assist them. They do not suspect foul play.  

 
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