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Pittsburg County, Oklahoma — August 20, 2013

A 12-inch natural gas pipeline near U.S. Route 69 at 11 a.m. exploded in Pittsburg County south of Kiowa on Tuesday according to state police.

The pipeline was operated by Enogex and a cause has not been determined, but the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that a fire from the explosion burned a hay barn and a hay field. The explosion also left a 20 foot deep crater at the site.

It is not known if there were any injuries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 4,206 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2010, 774 or 18.7 percent were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56 percent) construction worker deaths in 2010.

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