The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR
Pro Publica
March 05, 2015

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrickhand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

Oil and sludge pressurized at more than 700 pounds per square inch tore into Whedbee’s body, ripping his left arm off just below the elbow. Coworkers jerry-rigged a tourniquet from a sweatshirt and a ratchet strap to stanch his bleeding and got his wife on the phone.

Click here to read more.


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

TDU Black Leadership Conference

African-American Teamsters will hold TDU’s first national Black Leadership Conference, July 13-14 in New York City.

YRCW Local-by-Local Vote Count Results

Get the local-by-local vote on the YRCW contract and every supplement.  Check out the vote in your local and others. See where the Yes and No votes prevailed.

View More News Posts