People across the nation saw amateur video of the construction crane collapse
in New York City that killed one person, injured three others, and caused
millions of dollars in property damage. In the aftermath of that collapse,
New York's Mayor DeBlasio quickly proposed new construction crane
standards and injured parties began lining up to collect damages to compensate
for their injuries. The outrage expressed by the City's mayor and
its residents over this accident is understandable in view of the fact
that it happened in the country's largest metropolitan area. People
across the nation would likely be equally outraged if they became familiar
with the number of
construction injuries that occur in the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota every year.
The entire population of North Dakota could probably fit in a few city
blocks in New York, and it is not surprising that major media outlets
ignore injuries that occur at construction sites like the Bakken Oil Fields,
as relatively few people have connections to workers at the site. If you
compare and contrast the worker death and injury rate at Bakken with the
casualties and damages in the New York accident, the differences are staggering.
Between October 204 and March 2015, for example, eight workers died in
construction accidents at Bakken. The death of one innocent bystander
in a New York is tragic, but the deaths of eight employees whose lives
and safety were entrusted to their employers at Bakken is well beyond tragic.
Liability issues in construction accidents at Bakken bear at least some
similarities to the New York Crane accident, primarily in determine which
party bears ultimate responsibility for the accident and injuries. Construction
sites in New York, at Bakken, and at locations across the country are
typically managed by one general contractor who oversees multiple subcontractors.
When a construction accident causes injury at Bakken, parties that might
bear responsibility for those injuries start pointing fingers at each
other. One company might own construction equipment, another might provide
lease financing for the equipment, while a third might be responsible
for maintaining it and hiring operators that use it. Apportioning liability
among these contractually interrelated is a task for an experienced construction
accident attorney, who understands how companies that operate at Bakken
and places like it establish their operations to shield themselves from
If you have suffered injuries in a construction accident at the Bakken
Oil Fields, please
contact us for a complimentary consultation and a review of the facts of your case.
We know the Bakken Oil Fields and can cut through the shields to get you
the damages that you are owed to compensate for your injuries.