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Workplace accident in oilfield claims life of 1, limb of another

Oilfield workers in North Dakota and other states often put their lives on the line whenever they are on duty. The hazards of their jobs were once again underscored when a workplace accident claimed the life of one worker and a limb of another. This tragedy occurred recently at a drilling site in another state.

According to a report by the fire chief, oilfield workers were in the process of setting up a tower when a truck that they used in the process tipped over. One worker that was up at the top of the tower and another man who was positioned below at the truck became trapped underneath the heavy vehicle. Co-workers used another truck to lift the vehicle off the two pinned workers.

Although the driver of the tipped truck managed to escape without injury, one of the two men caught under the truck could not be saved. He was declared dead at the drill site. The other trapped worker was rushed to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries. Later reports indicated that one of his limbs had to be amputated.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has initiated an investigation into this fatal workplace accident. As would be the case in North Dakota, the surviving family members of the deceased worker are likely entitled to survivors' benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system. Similarly, the injured worker can file claims for recovery of medical expenses and lost income, and more. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can answer any questions victims and/or their families may have about the benefits available and the process to obtain them.

Source:, "Man Seriously Injured Following Oil Rig Accident near McCook", Sept. 25, 2017

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