SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Workplace safety federal investigations show that at least 11 deaths in Texas oilfields could have been prevented if companies followed safety protocols.
The San Antonio Express-News on Sunday reported it used the Freedom of Information Act to get details on investigations into accidents since 2009 in the Eagle Ford Shale oilfields.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show safety violations were found in every fatal incident.
Jobs in the oil and natural gas fields can mean big paychecks for those willing to do hard, dangerous work. One in five deaths investigated by OSHA in South Texas in the past decade has been at a gas or oil company.
Details on more recent investigations were not immediately released by OSHA.
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