Bakken Area Fatal Work Accident In New Town Area

A Bakken area workplace accident has taken the life of a man from Michigan. The incident occurred at approximately 2:75 p.m. on Monday, August 3.

Gravel Pile Gives Way

At the time of the accident, workers were loading semis at a gravel pit approximately four miles south of New Town. TheMountrail County sheriff said that the 65-year-old man stood on a ladder in front of a front end loader when part of a pile of gravel gave way, knocking him to the ground and burying him.

Previous OSHA Complaint

According to the Williston Herald, federal authorities filed another complaint against his employer in the past. Specifically, the 2009 OSHA complaint pertained to road construction work, according to an assistant area director for the Bismarck OSHA office.

Emergency Personnel Assist

After the gravel buried the man, fellow workers attempted to dig him out. When emergency personnel arrived, they successfully extricated him. However, authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. The state's forensic examiner's office will perform an autopsy. The Mine Safety and Health Administration will investigate this accident, because it occurred at a sand and gravel pit.

Although this workplace accident is the subject of an ongoing investigation, workers or their survivors often have recourse under Worker's Compensation laws. In some cases it is possible to seek compensation under personal injury statutes as well.

If you or a family member is a victim in a workplace accident, it is possible to discuss the matter with a work accident attorney focused on Worker's Compensation and related laws. Our firm offers such a consultation without cost or obligation. To learn more about our legal services, please contact us.