MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A oil field worker dies after falling 75 feet from a Clarke County oil rig as rescue workers, hampered by washed-out roads, struggled to get to the scene. Virgil Chapman, chief investigator with the Clarke County Sheriff's Department, said a Mobile, Alabama -based LifeFlight helicopter was initially called for Carey Clemons, 23, of Carlton, but he died on the scene Friday before it arrived. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating to see if any workplace violations at the oil rig contributed to the incident. According to OSHA this death accident investigation could take months.
Chapman said his investigation is continuing, but no foul play is suspected. According to witnesses, Clemons was working as an oil rig roustabout at the oil field operated by South Carlton Operating Company LLC in southern Clarke County. He was a subcontractor working for Jimmie's Landscaping, his father's business. Sadly, Clemons' father, Jimmie Clemons said he was working a back hoe as his son was helping on the oil rig when the accident occurred. Chapman said it took him and rescue workers 45 minutes — instead of the normal 10 to 15 minutes — to get to the oil rig because the road leading to the oil rig were rendered unusable by last week's heavy rainfall. (3/7/2006)
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