It's no secret that fatalities related to Bakken
oil field injury are some of the highest in North Dakota. Even Occupational Safety and Health
Administration programs, such as the focused enforcement program, hasn't
properly addressed ongoing injury and death. One of the reasons for this,
according to the MonDac Safety Network, is oil and gas companies rarely
receive OSHA inspections.
"You probably almost have better odds of winning the lottery than
getting a visit from a regulatory agency," said Dennis Schmitz, to
MonDac is a safety network created by OSHA in 2003 to address safety and
injury concerns in the Texas oil industry, particularly as it relates
to work injury and death. The network consists of volunteers from oil
and gas industry professionals.
MonDac now exists in Montana, North Dakota, and other Bakken oil field states.
While lack of inspections is part of the problem, it doesn't end there.
Most oil and gas companies contract dangerous jobs to smaller companies,
who may not offer employees the same training, or provide the same safety
standards. Contractor hiring standards may also differ from major oil
companies, and workers aren't always trained by OSHA guidelines. Oil
field accidents, work injuries, and fatalities increase without high quality
workers, proper training, or regular inspections. Shortcuts often result
in serious accidents. Companies and contractors operating in Bakken oil
fields have a legal responsibility to comply with OSHA standards and guidelines,
as well as state safety and training laws. Failing to do so, carries heavy
fines, and results in financial responsibility to employees.
For those involved in Bakken oil field accidents, or suffering injury please
contact us for a consultation.