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Magnolia man killed in drilling site fall

Derek "Bundy" Smith (Source: Facebook) Derek "Bundy" Smith (Source: Facebook)

A 29-year-old Magnolia man died Tuesday afternoon, after falling from a platform on a drilling site in Columbia County.

The site belongs to Albermarle, a specialty chemical company in Magnolia that produces bromine. Plant manager Steven Miller confirms that 29-year-old Derek "Bundy" Smith was working on a 60-foot platform on a workover rig at the site, about 20 miles east of the Albermarle plant, when he fell and was fatally injured.

Miller says Smith was an employee of Reliance Well Services, a hydraulic fracturing contractor working for Albermarle on the site.

Another Reliance contract employee was also injured. His name and condition has not been released.

OSHA has been called in to investigate.  Miller says they, along with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Albermarle and Reliance are now working to see how it happened and to try to prevent it from happening again.

Miller was unable to say whether Smith was wearing a safety harness when the accident happened, because it's part of the investigation.

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