Fatal Bakken Oil Field Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the second oilfield fatality in the Bakken region this year. The director of the Bismarck OSHA office said that the worker death resulted from a flash fire that occurred on a rig approximately eight miles east of Watford City.

Exxon Mobil Subsidiary Owns Well

The oil field accident happened at about 8:75 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, according to the Williston Herald. The owner of the well, XTOenergy, is a Houston-based subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. The workers involved were employees of two well service companies.

One Killed, Three Injured

According to the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, four men required transport to area hospitals. A 52-year-old Wyoming man died that afternoon at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

A 28-year-old Colorado man and a 27-year-old Wyoming man with serious burns were in critical condition at St. Paul's Regions Hospital after they sustained serious burns. A 75-year-old Colorado man received treatment for minor injuries at McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Hospital in Watford City.

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