According to the
AFL-CIO's 2012 annual review, North Dakota, home to the Bakken oil shale deposits, had 8 OSHA inspectors
for the state. That same study ranked North Dakota dead last in the United
States for workplace fatalities, and third highest in projected penalties
for fiscal year 2013. The projected average dollar figure for penalties? $3,045.
According to a
March 2015 Wall Street Journal article, things in the Bakken haven't improved much in 2015.
Safety experts, workers and a review of documents indicate that the factors
behind the state’s oil-field accidents are many, including grueling
12-hour work shifts for as many as 20 days in a row and rampant turnover.
They also say job sites can be chaotic as multiple contractors struggle
to coordinate their work.
The experts say that the oil companies that own drilling sites generally
set safety guidelines for their oil-service contractors and largely depend
on them to ensure workers’ safety. But companies don’t always
properly supervise or enforce their safety policies and haven’t
always given workers proper protective gear.
In a boom environment like the Bakken shale fields, it's only a matter
of time before an
oil field accident happens to you. The oil companies aren't interested in providing more
than the state-mandated minimum compensation to you or your family, and
the rate paid was set in 1911.
You work hard for your company, and you and your family have a right to
compensation for an accident that deprives you of your ability to provide
for them. If you were injured in a Bakken oil field accident,
contact us for an evaluation of your case and a consultation about your rights.