Richard Derek Coleman Killed in Work Accident in Fred, TX
Tyler County, TX — January 7, 2022, Richard Derek Coleman was killed due to a falling object in a work accident off Timber Road 30.
Authorities said that the incident happened at around 5:35 p.m. at an oil rig which a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says is located at coordinates 30.607411 -94.13244. This appears to be an area east of Fred off the side of Timber Road 30.
Details in the reports said that 37-year-old Richard Coleman was working on an oil rig and connecting pipes. While doing so, a pipe somehow came loose and struck Coleman, causing him to hit his head. Authorities determined that this resulted in Coleman's death.
Authorities with OSHA did not include in their summary any details about potential alleged safety violations nor any recommended fines or penalties. Their statements did not shed further light on details surrounding the accident.