Our North Dakota personal injury lawyers came across this oil and gas field work accident statistic. More workers die as a result of being hurt at work and injuries or accidents at North Dakota oil field jobs in the Bakken oil patch (Williston, Dickinson, Minot in Western North Dakota) than in any other state. Contact our lawyers if you have questions about an injury accident in the North Dakota oil and gas field.
North Dakota had the highest worker death rate in the US in 2012. Families of workers killed or injured in North Dakota oil field jobs in the Bakken need to know that a North Dakota work comp lawyer can answer questions and help in most cases. You just have to ask a North Dakota crash lawyer.
The number of deaths from accidents North Dakota oil field jobs in the Bakken oil patch increased dramatically from 7 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2007, to 17.7 fatalities in 2012 after North Dakota’s oil patch and economic boom took off.
In April, 2014, a 20 year-old man was found dead at an oil well pad south of Williston, ND. Reports speculate that the young man died from inhaling gas.
Our personal injury law firm also gets calls from people hurt in western North Dakota car and truck accidents. The accidents often involve a driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). People in car crashes and truck crashes in the Bakken oil field and gas field usually have questions about insurance, getting their wages paid, getting their emergency room bill paid, and who is going to pay to repair the damage to their truck. Our injury lawyers get calls from people who live in MANY different states who need a lawyer in North Dakota.
The 2012 North Dakota worker death rate is one of the highest in the more than 20 years that the AFL-CIO has been reporting on worker fatalities. Oil patch job accidents resulting in fatalities were also highest in the nation in 2011, with 12.4 deaths per 100,000 employees. The national rate in 2011 was 3.5.
Inspectors from OSHA’s Bismarck, North Dakota, office report a trend toward safety at the workplace in the Bakken oil patch. For instance, when the oil boom got going in about 2009, fire resistant clothing was not required. Now, fire resistant clothing can be purchased at convenience stores around Williston, North Dakota, the center of the North Dakota oil boom.
The North Dakota personal injury lawyers at the Stowman Law Firm, P.A., are available to answer questions about car and truck crashes, injury accidents, on-the-job injuries and questions from people hurt at work in the oil and gas fields. Ask your questions in the box to the right or on the Contact page. You might find answers to your questions about oil field accidents or other accidents by searching our web site in the box at the top right.
Source: Josh Wood, AFL-CIO says North Dakota had highest worker death rate in the US in 2012, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 30, 2014.