Brazoria County oil platform worker crushed by falling equipment

A worker was killed around 8:30 a.m. on an oil platform Tuesday when a heavy piece of equipment fell.

Workers were using a pulley to lift a piece of equipment at the Denbury Resources Oil Field near Highway 35 and County Road 129 south of Pearland, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office.

The the piece of equipment, weighing somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500 pounds, fell to the floor and killed the worker.

The Pryor Packers Inc. employee has been identified as 43-year-old Antonio ‘Tony’ Perez of El Campo. He was pronounced dead on the scene, reported WFAA.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.