Safety in ND Oilfields

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 07:07 PM gHale


North Dakota is seeing is share of oilfield activity this year as five people suffered injuries Tuesday following an oilfield explosion near Alexander and, in the meantime, Halliburton is facing a citation for safety violations in the death of a worker in the western North Dakota oil fields.

In the Alexander incident, the names of the burn victims are Mike Fowler, 54, Frank Laverty, 20, Daniel Smith, 27, Stervon Joseph-Jenoir, 22, and Roger Kansa, 54, who are all employed by Trustlan Oilfield Services in New Town, according to a release from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department.

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Officials airlifted Fowler to a medical facility, though the release did not indicate where. The injured parties were believed to be removing a cover on an oil fuel tank when a fire was ignited by an electric drill just before 9 a.m., according to the sheriff’s department.

Along with the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Alexander first responders and Fairview and McKenzie ambulance services responded to the scene. The investigation has been turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Meanwhile, in Western North Dakota, Halliburton is facing a citation for safety violations in the death of a worker in the western North Dakota oil fields.
Mike Krajewski, 49, of Duluth, Minn., died Jan. 19 when a pipe struck him in the head at an oil rig site north of Watford City, ND.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that Halliburton failed to maintain a safe worksite and is proposing $14,000 in fines.



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