In January of this year, a Billings businessman with operations in the
Bakken oil fields pleaded guilty to 292 misdemeanor counts of failing
workers comp and a felony charge of employer misconduct. Here are the details, according to an
article from the Helena Independent Record, and
information from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
* The businessman, of Black Gold Energy Services, failed to provide workers
compensation for up to ten employees between June, 2011, to the fall of 2013.
* The Department of Labor and Industry contacted the man -- whose business
supplies trucking services in the Bakken region -- numerous times about
* In 2011, the man told an investigator that he didn't have any employees
in Montana, only in North Dakota, and that he carried North Dakota workers
compensation. It was later determined that he did, in fact, have Montana
* According to the man's attorney, no workers compensation claims were
made against the company.
* The state recommended that the man receive a deferred two year sentence
and pay restitution costs of more than $61,000, along with a $5,000 fine.
* Businesses working in the Bakken oil fields are required to carry workers
compensation insurance to provide without regard to fault wage loss benefits
and medical benefits to workers who suffer an on-the-job injury or an
* Workers comp is designed to assist the worker in returning to his or
her job as soon as possible.
* In order to qualify for workers comp, injuries must be reported via notice
to the employee's supervisor, employer, or insurer within 30 days.
Within 12 months, a First Report of Injury document must be submitted
to the employer, the insurer, or the Department of Labor and Industry.
* The insurer has up to 30 days after the First Report of Injury document
has been submitted to accept or deny the claim.
Have you experienced an oil field accident in the Bakken area? Does your
employer have workers compensation insurance? We will work to get you
the money you need to recover, which may even be more than what is offered
to you through workers comp.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.