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  • Deaths down in the oil fieldJanuary 14, 2016

    By Jessica Holdman


    Along with oil prices and rig count, the number of deaths on Bakken work sites was down in 2015. But officials say they aren’t ready to draw any conclusions.

    There were three oil- and gas-related fatalities on work sites in North Dakota in 2015, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration data. That number is down from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013.

    Eric Brooks, director of OSHA’s Bismarck Area Office, said he expects to have a better idea a year from now whether the decline in fatal accidents is related to better safety or fewer workers.

    Many of the fatalities that happened in the past were at oil field service companies, Brooks said. He said more developed companies with strong established safety programs have not been as affected as those newer to the industry.

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