Drilling accident kills 1

OKFUSKEE COUNTY, Okla. -- An accident on a drilling rig in Oklahoma just outside of Seminole took the life of a 22-year-old roughneck.

Deputies say Randy Jackson of Holdenville had just started his shift on a Bronco drilling rig when he was hit in the head with a 500 pound steel pipe wrench, decapitating him.

This is the county's second fatal drilling accident in two months.

Bronco drilling is based out of Edmond but operates rigs in Carter, Love, Murray, Coal, and Pontotoc counties.

OSHA has been called in to investigate.

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  • by trevor Location: alberta.canada on Apr 23, 2007 at 11:39 PM
    ive never heard of a"500 pound pipe wrench"probably was a set of tongs you american idiots
  • by Injun Location: Boswell on Apr 23, 2007 at 07:49 AM
    Well some of us are playing school and trying to be spelling teachers, while some of us really care about the loss of a human life. My Dad worked in the oilfield his whole life and people who are familiar with this type of work knew exactly what they meant!
  • by Diane Location: Tulsa on Apr 22, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    I was holding Randy when he died. The world has lost a special person. I pray for his wife and son, that God be with them.
  • by jacob Location: Lamar on Apr 16, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    God bless Action Jackson. He never had a bad word to say about anyone always smiling. The world is worse off for his loss.
  • by Teri Location: Ardmore on Apr 16, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    First of all, My prayers and thought's are with the family of Randy. My deepest apologies. My husband also works the patch and has had to deal with MANY close calls/accidents. It is a very dangerous business and it's not for everyone. These men are very brave and care about each others lives, But sadley they most also mourn together. The "Tongs" are a very dangerous postion to work as they all are. My hope is that all the guys working the patch just take a minute and be extra careful.
  • by G Location: Sherman on Apr 16, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    You know the errors in the story are not the main focus here.. Someone has lost his life and all these people are talking about is a misspelled word. It was a terrible thing that happened to this man. My thoughts are with his family!
  • by john Location: oklahoma on Apr 14, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    i work on a rig, that is part of the dangers that we face every day out in the patch. most accidents that hap[pen out there are human error not mechanical.i am soory to hear that a fellow roughneck lost his life, but that is something that is always in the back of our minds. my condolences go out to his family. i know how it is to lose a family member to the oilfield.
  • by WSH Location: Paris Texas on Apr 13, 2007 at 03:00 PM
    I believe it was a "steel" pipe wrench, not a steal.
  • by Sarge Location: Kingston on Apr 13, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    Somebody should learn how to spell. STEEL not STEAL !!
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