Data Highlights Work Accident Potential In Certain Bakken Occupations

Data compiled by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) offers evidence of just dangerous some jobs in the Bakken region are, like construction and oil/gas extraction. In 2014, the most recent year for which finalized statistics are available, there were 4,821 work accident deaths. Thirty-eight of those workers died in North Dakota.

Riskiest Industry Sectors

The U.S. construction industry saw the most fatalities, 899. The death rate per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in the construction sector rate was 9.8, almost triple the overall average.

OSHA divides its statistics into 14 industry sectors. Three of them have fatal injury rates that are more than four times the overall average. They are:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 25.6
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 14.2
  • Transfer transportation and warehousing 14.1

Oil and Gas Extraction

Specifically, in the oil and gas extraction industry, annual worker deaths since 2003 ranged from a low of 68 in 2009 to a high of 144 in 2014. The death toll in 2014 represented a new high for the oil and gas extraction industry.

When a Bakken worker is injured or killed on the job, state workers compensation laws provide various form of compensation, including;

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Partial or full disability
  • Survivor benefits

In some cases, non-employer negligence may contribute to an injury or death. When this occurs, it is often possible to also seek compensation under the state’s personal injury statutes.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a workplace accident, it is possible to speak with an attorney free of charge and without obligation. Our firm fights hard to get our clients the full compensation they deserve under all relevant laws. To learn more, please contact us.