A Bakken area workplace accident has taken the life of a man from Michigan.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 3.
Gravel Pile Gives Way
At the time of the accident, workers were loading semis at a gravel pit
approximately four miles south of New Town. TheMountrail County sheriff
said that the 65-year-old man stood on a ladder in front of a front end
loader when part of a pile of gravel gave way, knocking him to the ground
and burying him.
Previous OSHA Complaint
According to the
Williston Herald, federal authorities filed another complaint against his employer in the
past. Specifically, the 2009 OSHA complaint pertained to road construction
work, according to an assistant area director for the Bismarck OSHA office.
Emergency Personnel Assist
After the gravel buried the man, fellow workers attempted to dig him out.
When emergency personnel arrived, they successfully extricated him. However,
authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. The state's forensic
examiner's office will perform an autopsy. The Mine Safety and Health
Administration will investigate this accident, because it occurred at
a sand and gravel pit.
Although this workplace accident is the subject of an ongoing investigation,
workers or their survivors often have recourse under Worker's Compensation
laws. In some cases it is possible to seek compensation under personal
injury statutes as well.
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