CASPER, Wyo. — A Green River man was badly burned during an on-the-job explosion in Jamestown on Wednesday morning.
In a media release, Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said witnesses at the oil field company shop in Jamestown where the mishap occurred told deputies that Larry Bingham, 48, was apparently using a cutting torch in proximity to a barrel marked “Methanol” when the explosion occurred.
Bingham ran from the shop, then drove himself to his residence in Green River, where deputies and emergency medical technicians found him.
He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs by ambulance, then flown to the Western States Burn Center in Greeley, Colo., with second-degree burns to both legs and a possible broken arm.
No one else was injured, and though the Green River Fire Department responded to the call, no fire resulted. Haskell said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified.
The sheriff’s office will serve in a support role while state and federal authorities conduct their investigation, as the explosion was workplace-related.