They say that the opportunities are great but working in the Bakken is
"not for the faint of heart."
"Why hasn't everyone moved there you ask? Is it too good to be
true? Well, most people don't want to believe it's true or they
just don't want to relocate to North Dakota. Make no mistake,
it is not a gravy train. It is hard work in the cold and in the hot weather. Long hours, and thankless
tasks. The benefits are outstanding pay, and flexible work schedules such
as two weeks on and two weeks off."
To qualify for work in the oil patch you generally need only a GED and
successful passing of a drug test. When you apply through service companies,
they handle everything. Wages are substantial. Even fast food places are
said to be paying upwards of $15 an hour. There are thousands of jobs
to apply for among at least 37 service companies contracted in the Western
North Dakota and Eastern Montana area.
The oil and gas boom is also bringing a flood of health service personnel
to the Bakken field area to handle the increasing need for medical response
to injuries, life altering accidents, those needing hospital care and
minor accidents covered by workers compensation. Federal Occupational
Health and Safety Administration officials are saying that there have
been two oil field fatalities a week and they are "on pace to set
Traffic accidents are an unwanted consequence of the Bakken oil boom. Treacherous
roads filled with a dizzying mass of vehicles, many of them large industrial
trucks driven under work pressures compete with cars for space. The North
Dakota Department of Transportation found at least one service road crash
a day, and one speed-related crash every four hours. One North Dakota
trucker described the situation saying,
"It's go, go, go, and they ignore the rules." He echos what
many workers have said about the culture of flouting safety amid the oil boom.
If you work in the Bakken oil patch, you may very well need legal services
to protect your interests. Odegaard BraukmannLaw is a personal injury
and worker's compensation firm in the Bakken area. Keep our name handy and
contact us for more information.