Worker dies on Parachute drilling rig |

Worker dies on Parachute drilling rig

PARACHUTE — A Grand Junction man working on an oil rig north of Parachute was killed around 7 p.m. Tuesday after being struck on the back of the head with a fitting, according to Garfield County deputy coroner Thomas Walton.

Shane Hill, 34, of Grand Junction, was working on a Cyclone rig for WPX Energy when the accident occurred.

“He was struck by a fitting that blew off part of the rig,” Walton said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident on Wednesday and Thursday. The Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission were also notified.

“Drilling rigs are dangerous pieces of equipment, and safety programs need to be very comprehensive to prevent serious injuries and fatalities,” said Herb Gibson, Denver area office director for OSHA.

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The rig is located on private property, drilling for federal minerals.

Cyclone, which did not return calls from the Post Independent on Friday, is required to file a report with the state commission by Monday.

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