construction accident is cause for concern. However, those accidents that occur in the Bakken
oil field region are especially concerning, given the ever-increasing
numbers of them that occur, and the amount of manpower, time, money and
lives lost due to these accidents. To date, the region has one of the
highest workplace death rates in the United States.
According to the
Wall Street Journal, at least 8 oil field workers have perished in the Bakken oil field region
over the last year. The increase in construction accidents and deaths
in the region may be attributed to the drop in crude oil prices that has
occurred over the same time period.
The drop in oil prices places pressure on oil field services to cut drilling
costs. The employees left to do the work at these regional drilling sites
are required to do more work with less assistance, which increases the
risk of accidents. The decrease in operating funds have also indicated
longer work shifts for employees, some of which last for as many as 20
consecutive days work without time off. As the remaining contractors struggle
to compensate and coordinate their work, job sites have become more chaotic
and difficult to maneuver. This, too, can lead to Bakken oil field region
The experienced attorneys at Odegaard Braukmann Law clearly understand
the issues concerning the safety of Bakken Oil Field employees. We work
directly with the oil field workers themselves to help create a work environment
that is safer and more realistic to the needs of the workers.
As a Bakken oil field region employee it is crucial that one understands
his or her rights to a safe work environment. If youhave been injured
on the job, or are concerned about the working conditions in this region, please
contact us to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced attorneys will be happy
to assist you.