Two workers were injured in a tank battery explosion at an oilfield site owned by Devon Energy west of Okarche, Oklahoma last Monday. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
The explosion occurred at about 2:00 P.M. on January 24, 2022. The workers, both men were employed by a contractor, were cleaning equipment. They were brought to nearby hospitals and treated for unknown injuries suffered during the explosion.
OHSA is still investigating the explosion to determine what exactly occurred.
Common Causes of Tank Battery Explosions
A tank battery explosion is an event that can occur when a tank filled with oil or another flammable liquid catches fire. The fire can cause the tank to explode, which can damage equipment and property, and injure or kill people.
There are a variety of ways that tank battery explosions can occur. Fires, mechanical failures and static electricity have been the most common causes in recent years. The tanks themselves could be made from steel, fiberglass or concrete materials. Tank battery explosions can lead to equipment damage as well as injury and death for people nearby at the time of the explosion. In order to prevent this type of incident, it is important to take precautions such as storing flammable liquids separately from other hazardous chemicals and not over-pressurizing containers when filling them with liquid substances like gas or oil which may cause an explosion if enough pressure builds up inside the container during storage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tank battery explosion and wants to know how we can help, it may be time to contact an Oklahoma oilfield injury lawyer for a free, confidential consultation. We have brought worker injury claims against Deven Energy after all!