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November 2016 Archives

Oilfield operators sued by victim of job injury

Whenever North Dakota workers are injured on the job, they have the right to pursue recovery of medical expenses through the workers' compensation insurance system. These costs and lost time typically form part of the benefits paid by the insurance program. Most employees know that this program is supposed to be the exclusive option for recovery of damages after suffering a job injury. This means that they may not file lawsuits against their employers or co-workers to obtain additional damages.

Explosions: Gas pipeline rupture kills contract worker

Workers in oil fields and around gas pipelines in North Dakota and other states regularly put their lives on the line. A recent incidence in another state underscores the importance of compliance with safety regulations to prevent explosions. An incident at a pipeline worksite recently killed one worker and injured several others.

Pipefitter burns to death in workplace accident at ethanol plant

All jobs that involve fuel related activities -- whether at ethanol refineries or in oil fields -- put employees in life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Many employees of fuel-affiliated companies have lost their lives in on-the-job accidents. One such a fatal workplace accident occurred in May, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation that led to proposed penalties and citations for safety violations.

Passenger dies in big rig roll-over when driver loses control

When a driver of a tractor-trailer loses control of the vehicle, the consequences are typically severe. One such a big rig crash that involved no other vehicles recently claimed the life of one person and injured another. The accident investigation is likely still ongoing because no reason for the accident has yet been cited.

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