Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Accident Fatality

A worker involved with the Dakota Access Pipeline Project has died in a Bakken-area accident near Tioga. Although the pipeline is already in the ground in the area, the individual was working on land restoration at the time of the accident. According to KFGO News, the accident happened in the afternoon on Thursday, August 25.

Worker Operating a Tractor

The commissioner for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission (PSC) provided further details about the fatal workplace accident. He said that the worker was driving a tractor before the accident. The deceased individual was apparently alone when he suffered fatal head injuries.

State Regulators Notified

The commissioner stated that the pipeline’s contractors have an agreement with the PSC to promptly notify state regulators of such a construction accident. The PSC did receive such notification the following day. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will dispatch investigators to the accident site, because the federal agency automatically investigates all fatal workplace accidents.

The state’s Worker's Compensation laws provide for payments to survivors when a worker dies on the job.

Although every workplace accident is unique, in some construction accidents a business other than the worker’s employer is named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. Such “third-party” litigation typically alleges that the negligence of an entity other than the employer contributed to or caused the fatal event.

If you or a family member is a victim in a workplace accident, it is possible to review the details with an attorney. Our firm offers this consultation at no cost to you. We fight hard to ensure that our clients get the full compensation they deserve under all applicable statutes. To learn more, please contact us.