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Region 6 News Release: 12-148-DAL
Feb. 21, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Todd   Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710   972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov   rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Precision Drilling for exposing
workers to safety hazards at drilling site near Pecos, Texas

EL PASO, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Precision Drilling Co. L.P. with two serious and two repeat safety violations following a November inspection of the company's Monroe 34-195 Lease, Phantom Field, Well No. 1H, Rig No. 553, work site, which is located 18 miles northeast of Pecos. Proposed penalties total $69,300.

The inspection was conducted as part of OSHA's oil and gas regional emphasis program, which is designed to prevent fatalities and catastrophic events at oil drilling and gas wells.

"This employer exposed its employees to high-voltage electrical and other hazards," said Joann Figueroa, OSHA's area director in El Paso. "It is fortunate in this case that there were no injuries."

The serious violations include failing to ensure portable fire extinguishers were kept in their designated places and to remove or repair damaged electrical cords. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat violations include failing to ensure stored material was stabilized and secured to prevent sliding and collapse, and to provide strain relief for flexible cords. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states with