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December 2016 Archives

OSHA completes investigation into fatal workplace accident

Following up on our blog post about Bakken oilfield injuries from July 5 ("Workplace accident: 2 deaths in 3 days in Bakken oilfields"), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a report after completing an investigation. The inspection involved the North Dakota workplace accident on June 18 that caused the death of one individual and severe burns to three other employees. A flash fire apparently caused the tragedy.

Job injury: Workers exposed to extreme cold need extra protection

North Dakota workers who spend most of their working hours outside face severe hazards during the winter months. According to the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers must protect their workers from known dangers. However, many workers must look out for themselves in adverse weather conditions. The workers most at risk of suffering a cold-related job injury include construction workers along with those in industries such as agriculture, transportation, logging and commercial fishing.

Products liability claim may follow e-cigarette battery explosion

North Dakota users of e-cigarettes may want to take heed of the dangers posed by the devices. An off-duty EMT in another state recently suffered severe burn injuries when two batteries of an e-cigarette device exploded in the pocket of his jeans. He says he is considering filing a products liability claim against the manufacturers of the batteries.

Job injury: The threat of crystalline silica in fracking sand

Workers who are -- or were -- involved in hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota may be suffering the consequences of exposure to silica. This job injury affects the lungs of workers, and it can cause long-term illness and even death. Even though fracking activities decreased over recent months, exposed workers will continue suffering -- even after leaving the Bakken oil fields.

Products liability and questions about class action lawsuits

When a dangerous or defective product harms a North Dakota resident, the victim may consider filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties. Challenging a large company in court by filing a products liability lawsuit may seem unachievable. However, the defective product might have also caused harm to others, and a class action lawsuit might be a viable option.

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