Bakken Oil Field Construction Injury Trends

We all know more than a bit about construction injury, but are you ready to find out something you didn't know? The news is, according to a government report, a sharp increase in deaths recently. No doubt recent trends in the industry also contribute to injuries as well.

The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) report mentioned 8 deaths from October of 2014 to March of 2015. There were 22 deaths in the North Dakota oil fields since the beginning of 2012.

Death and injury trends may reflect realities of the oil industry more than just the inherent dangers of working in oil fields. Oil companies faced with lower oil prices have to maintain their profit margins somehow. This might be done by hiring less experienced workers and paying them less, according to OSHA's Eric Brooks.

Money-saving efforts by Bakken oil field companies may inadvertently place workers at greater risk. Employers are trying to meet production demands and protect profits still need to keep their workers safe. Increasing demand, and a lower margin per barrel of oil, should not be allowed to change that.

Cutting labor costs by hiring less-experienced workers might make some economic sense. But the risks of long hours, exposure to extreme heat and cold and the other dangers of working in an oil field don't go away. Work in the oil fields is lucrative for sure, but with a risk of serious injury or death that seems to increase with production.

If you have suffered an injury while working construction in the Bakken oil field, please contact us.

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