WPR News
2:13 am
Wed July 2, 2008

Two Drilling Rig Deaths in Wyoming Last Month

Casper, WY – Two drilling rig workers died in separate
accidents last month in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating both accidents.

A Wyoming OSHA official says they are the first drilling fatalities in Wyoming since February 2007.

Fifty-six-year-old Sam Aurther, of Lander, died June 23 while working on a rig drilling near Thermopolis.

Range Drilling President King Brown says Aurther had been on the job for just two weeks but had 30 years of experience in the
industry.

Authorities in Sublette County say 24-year-old Eric Tuscan-Rice Jr. died June 24 after a pipe fell and struck him on the head. The accident happened on the north end of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

Tuscan-Rice worked for Nabors Drilling, a contractor for Shell Exploration and Production.