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Workplace accident: Oil tank battery blast kills 1, injures 3

Oil tank batteries in North Dakota and other oil and gas producing states are workplaces that pose life-threatening hazards to any employees who work there. This type of danger was underscored by a fatal workplace accident that occurred in another state on a recent Thursday. Reports indicate that one worker died and three others received burn injuries.

Reportedly, a work crew had just completed the upgrading of a battery of oil tanks when an explosion shot flames into the air. A fire erupted and caused the fatality and the injuries. The battery apparently belongs to the same company that owns an oil well a short distance away that was connected to the explosion of a house in April. Two people lost their lives in that fire.

Authorities speculated that the two incidents were not connected. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation in collaboration with other agencies at both the state and federal levels. The focus is to find the cause of the explosion and to take the necessary precautions to avoid similar accidents in the future.

While such action may prevent future deaths of workers in oil fields, families who have already paid the price can seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program for their state. In North Dakota, surviving family members often leave the navigation of death benefits claims to an experienced workers' comp attorney. A lawyer's support and guidance can allow a family to grieve their loss caused by a fatal workplace accident while the attorney focuses on securing all available benefits under applicable laws.

Source:, "Colorado Oil Tank Blast Kills Worker, Spurs Safety Questions", Kristen Wyatt, May 30, 2017

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