Oil Field Accidents A Concern As Rigs Increase

Earlier in the year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) projected an increase in Bakken oil rig activity this year. On Monday, May 1, North Dakota released its “Current Active Drilling Rig List.”

Increase of 42 Percent

There are 49 rigs on the list, up more than 42 percent compared to one year ago. Although the number of rigs remains a fraction of the count in 2013-14, the Council still wants to alert companies and workers to the hazards of oil drilling. Although KFYR News reported that the number of oilfield fatalities dropped from 18 in 2015 to 4 in 2016, every effort must be made to further reduce oilfield fatalities.

Need for New Hires

As companies struggle to find the hundreds of new workers needed on these rigs, there are concerns that an influx of relatively inexperienced workers will lead to an increase in accidents. The Executive Director of the NDPC, Chuck Clairmont, emphasized the need for proper training when he said, “Get people home safely every night. That's really what it's all about.”

Importance of Training

At a safety seminar held on Monday, February 20, participants discussed the need for standardized training. Holistic training for oilfield workers is another idea that addresses the need to compete with the high-tech sector and the construction industry for younger workers looking at career options and opportunities.

Odegaard Miller Law wants to see a safe work environment maintained for all Bakken-area workers. However, if you or a family member is a victim in a work-related or other accident, please reach out to us. We offer a consultation with an attorney free-of-charge and without obligation. We fight hard to see to it that our clients get the full compensation they deserve under the law. To ask your questions, or to arrange for a consultation, please contact us.