NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A man was killed at a Lawrence County gas/oil well site Monday.
Pennsylvania State Police say troopers were sent to a Hilcorp gas/oil well site on Mt. Jackson Road in North Beaver Township around 11:15 a.m. for a report that someone had been injured.
According to police, 60-year-old Leonard Clair Long Jr., of Glen Campbell, Pa., and his coworkers were trying to load and secure large sections of steel pipe and drilling equipment onto a truck.
The load became unstable and a large section of pipe fell from the truck and struck Long.
Emergency medical services, firefighters and a medical helicopter were sent to the scene.
Attempts to resuscitate Long were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hilcorp released the following statement about the incident:
“On Monday, March 18, 2019, an employee of Ziegenfuss Drilling was fatally injured at the North Beaver-Kephart location in the North Beaver Township near Enon Valley, Pennsylvania. We join Ziegenfuss Drilling in sending our thoughts and prayers to the family. Immediately after the incident, Hilcorp and Ziegenfuss notified the appropriate authorities. While the cause of the accident is not known at this time, a full investigation by the appropriate regulatory agencies is being conducted with the full cooperation of Hilcorp and Ziegenfuss. No active drilling operations were occurring at the time of the accident. Pending the investigation, no further work at the site is planned.”
No one else was injured.