January Oil Field Accident Kills One, Injures One

The Billings Gazette related the details of a fatal oil field accident that occurred at a QEP Resources well near Mandaree, ND.

According to the Bismarck office of the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, workers with Legendary Field Services were attempting an equipment repair when the accident occurred on Tuesday, January 12.

Accident Details

A OSHA supervisor stated that the workers were removing a well heater tube when fluids caught on fire. It was not immediately known how the fire occurred. The owner of the repair company did not survive burns that he suffered. The medical condition of the other worker was not immediately known.

OSHA Comments on Oil Field Fatalities

Prior to this accident, the last oil field fatality occurred in mid-November, south of Williston, when a worker slipped on an ice-covered rig mat at a Nabors Drilling USA oil rig. The OSHA supervisor went on to state that North Dakota oil field deaths represent about 50 percent of workplace deaths in the state.

OSHA Investigates Every Workplace Fatality

A OSHA investigation is automatically launched after any workplace fatality. Although state workers compensation laws cover workplace injuries and deaths, there are certain accidents that may also result in civil litigation under state personal injury and/or wrongful death statutes.

Under these laws, injured parties and survivors of those killed may sometimes seek compensation when negligent conduct is an alleged cause of the injury or fatality. In such cases, it is possible to seek compensation for a variety of losses, like pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and lost wages. When a death occurs, compensation is sometimes sought for burial expenses and loss of consortium.

If you or a loved one is adversely impacted by an accident that may have involved negligent conduct, it is possible to speak with an oil field accident attorney about the matter. A consultation is available at no cost to you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.