TOWANDA TWP. - An worker at an area gas drilling rig was reported killed on the job on Thursday evening.

Greg Allen Henry, 31, of Athens, Tenn., fell from a height of about 20 feet off a natural gas drilling rig owned by Nomac Drilling Inc., according to state police.

"The victim was apparently attempting to dislodge a handrail while the drilling unit was being moved to another drilling hole site on the drilling pad when the handrail gave way and in doing so, he slipped and fell approximately 20 feet. The victim suffered a severe head injury," police stated in a press release.

According to information provided by Brian Grove, director of corporate development for the Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Nomac Drilling, a subsidiary of Chesapeake, reported the fatality of an employee working on a Nomac rig in Towanda Township. Preliminary information indicated the fatality occurred because of a fall, according to the information provided by Grove.

The rig is located near Old Plank Road and Fairview Lane. Faye Lubold, whose residence overlooks the well drilling site, said she noticed an ambulance and emergency crews heading into the area when she got home earlier in the day.

The Bradford County Coroner was observed entering the site around 6:30 p.m.

Grove had said the name of the employee wouldn't be released until the family was notified.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to them," Grove said.

A full investigation of this accident is already underway, according to Chesapeake's press release.

Attempts were made to contact the coroner, though he had not responded as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

C.J. Marshall can be reached at (570) 265-1630; e-mail: cjmarshall@thedailyreview.com.