The U.S. government is investigating the deaths of a Taha hydraulic press operator and a private contractor who worked for Hydraulic and a group of oil and gas companies.
The deaths are being investigated by the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
Jack Taha, 42, was a veteran of the National Guard and served for 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hydraulic is a unit of the oil and natural gas company Continental Resources.
Taha’s company, American Press Equipment Corp., was contracted by the company to deliver equipment to Continental Resources’ oilfield service operations.
The equipment included hydraulic presses.
Tahan died on March 29.
Continental said it was cooperating with the investigation.
Continental spokesman Brian J. Stoeckler said in a statement: “The company has learned of an incident that occurred on Tuesday, March 28 involving Jack Tahan, a former U.s.
Marine who worked at Continental Resources for more than 20 years.
We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are committed to doing everything we can to provide the best care to Jack’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Continental said Tahan had worked at the company since 2004.
Jack, a native of New Jersey, had a medical degree from Georgetown University.
He joined the U.,S.
military in 2003 and deployed to Afghanistan, where he spent two years.
He was deployed to Iraq in 2011, where Taha worked as a field technician.
Talaas death came a day after Continental announced the death of its vice president of operations, John Sorensen, after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Continental’s statement about Jack Talaans death said the company was “deeply saddened by the loss of its former vice president John Sorenson and his family.”
It said that Sorensson was “a valued member of our team and an integral part of our success.”
In a statement, Continental said: “We are cooperating with law enforcement to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into this matter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of his friends and colleagues.”