Two Dead in Loving Co. Oilfield Explosion

Two people are dead and nine are injured after an oilfield explosion in Loving County, just south of the New Mexico state line. Reports indicate that the incident was a pressure explosion from a wellhead. There was no fire following the explosion.

News reports state that the explosion killed two men in their forties from sub-contracting companies. Amos B. Ortega was from Artesia and Roberto Andrea Mandela was from El Paso.

The explosion occurred about 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Despite many safety products and standards, oil field workers are suffering from on-the-job injuries at a high rate. The most common accidents are caused by:

  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Defective machinery
  • Explosions
  • Inadequate safeguards
  • Poorly trained co-workers
  • Slips and falls

Our experienced personal injury attorneys have handled many oilfield injury cases and have recovered substantial results for our clients.