Two members of a contract work crew were injured and another man died when an Aethon Energy well tank exploded in Mansfield, LA on April 18. The crew was working to clean up damage from a recent storm.
— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) April 19, 2017
Emergency responders from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto EMS and DeSoto Fire District 8 were notified of the explosion, on Walker Road about a mile outside of Mansfield, around 11:45 a.m. One crew member was airlifted to the University Health. Another was taken by ambulance to DeSoto Regional Health System. Their names were not released.
Camron Anthony Hernandez was pronounced dead after he was transported to DeSoto Regional. Hernandez was from Diana, TX. He was 25.
In incidents like this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investsigates to determine if there were any safety violations. Every year several people die in explosions like the one involving Aethon Energy.
A few of the many similar incidents include the following:
- In 2016, a person was checking the level of the fuel oil tank when it exploded, blowing his body over 100 feet, where he died from his injuries;
- In 2015, two people suffered third-degree burns when the tank they were repairing blew up;
- In 2014, a person was killed in an explosion associated with welding an oil storage container;
- In 2013, a welder was crushed by an exploding tank and later died.