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Rig worker killed on Keithville drilling site

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KEITHVILLE, LA (KSLA) – An accident has taken the life of a man working on a natural gas drilling site in South Caddo Parish.

It happened around 5:15 a.m. Sunday morning at the Morrell Et Al 8H-1 drill site, which is owned by Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and operated by Trinidad Drilling, LTD.   The location, where work began February 10, is located off Graham Road in Keithville. 

A statement released Sunday afternoon by Chesapeake says the worker, a Trinidad employee, was killed in an accident that took place while drilling operations were ongoing.

Caddo Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma confirms to KSLA News 12 that 25 year old Noe Daniel Falcon of Rio Grande City, Texas, died of a head injury while stringing pipe about 60 feet up on the rig itself. Dr. Thoma says it took some time to get the victim down from the platform.

Caddo Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says deputies and crime scene investigators are always called to the scene of any fatality, as they were in this case.  But, Chadwick says, there was no indication of foul play.  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is also expected to investigate.

This is the second fatality on a Chesapeake-owned site this year.  27 year old Jared Maus was killed in a fiery explosion on January 6 while performing maintenance on the equipment at the company's M & M North gas gathering facility on the eastern edge of Barksdale Air Force Base.

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