A worker involved with the Dakota Access Pipeline Project has died in a
Bakken-area accident near Tioga. Although the pipeline is already in the
ground in the area, the individual was working on land restoration at
the time of the accident. According to
KFGO News, the accident happened in the afternoon on Thursday, August 25.
Worker Operating a Tractor
The commissioner for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission (PSC)
provided further details about the fatal workplace accident. He said that
the worker was driving a tractor before the accident. The deceased individual
was apparently alone when he suffered fatal head injuries.
State Regulators Notified
The commissioner stated that the pipeline’s contractors have an agreement
with the PSC to promptly notify state regulators of such a
construction accident. The PSC did receive such notification the following day. The U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will dispatch investigators to
the accident site, because the federal agency automatically investigates
all fatal workplace accidents.
The state’s Worker's Compensation laws provide for payments to
survivors when a worker dies on the job.
Although every workplace accident is unique, in some construction accidents
a business other than the worker’s employer is named as a defendant
in a wrongful death lawsuit. Such “third-party” litigation
typically alleges that the negligence of an entity other than the employer
contributed to or caused the fatal event.
If you or a family member is a victim in a workplace accident, it is possible
to review the details with an attorney. Our firm offers this consultation
at no cost to you. We fight hard to ensure that our clients get the full
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