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.
Workers in the oil and gas industry in North Dakota and elsewhere will always face high risks, even though the fatality rate in this industry has decreased significantly over recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatal job injury rate was reduced from seven times the national average in 2005 to three times the national average in 2015. However, vehicle accidents, chemical exposure, fires and explosions will continue to threaten the lives of oil field workers.
Anybody who is involved in the daily moving of objects that weigh thousands of pounds will likely be aware of his or her vulnerability. The son of a 53-year-old house mover in North Dakota says despite his father's awareness of safety and the hazards he faced every day, he suffered a severe injury in a workplace accident on a recent Tuesday. It is not yet certain whether surgical procedures saved this man's leg.
Workers in the oil and gas industry in North Dakota and other states face numerous safety hazards. Every employee's best chance at avoiding job injury is by taking extra precautions to ensure personal safety. Struck-by incidents cause some of the most common injuries on oil patches. These occur when a piece of equipment or other object makes forceful contact with a worker. Sling malfunctions, pressurized lines that are not adequately secured and bad connections are typical causes of struck-by accidents in the oilfields.
Employers in all industries in North Dakota are responsible for the health and safety of employees while they are on duty. Sadly, many lives are lost on work sites of business owners who fail to recognize the importance of providing safe work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes guidelines for the safe operation of all industries, and compliance can prevent any workplace accident.
A man from northwest North Dakota went to work on July 28, never to return. The 47-year-old man suffered injuries in a workplace accident that ultimately led to his death on Aug. 8. Reportedly, he was a dump truck driver who hauled a load of concrete to a construction site on U.S. Highway 2 on that day in July.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is a national trade union center, and it is the largest federation of unions in the United States (AFL-CIO). This federation issued an annual report that indicates North Dakota topped the list of deaths per 100,000 in 2015 for the fourth time in five years. One man who lost his brother in a workplace accident that is currently under investigation believes his brother would not have died had he worked in another state.
Compliance with the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is what is necessary for the protection of employees. It has saved the lives of many of workers nationwide. However, some safety precautions can put workers in harm's way. The description of a North Dakota man's struggle to adjust to the consequences of a workplace accident underscores this point.
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.
Coal mine workers in North Dakota and neighboring states face multiple workplace hazards on every work shift. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says five workers lost their lives from January through March this year. The agency said it is investigating a workplace accident that claimed the life of a coal miner on a recent Saturday.