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Oil Field Deaths

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After two deaths in two weeks, OSHA says North Dakota is on pace to set a record for oil-field deaths.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the most recent case--a man found dead today at a rig northwest of Parshall.
Bismarck Area OSHA director, Tom Deutscher die- says it was reported to OSHA at 4-o'clock this morning.
The name and age of the victim is not known, but Deutscher says the man was an employee of Key Energy Services.
Our calls to Key Energy Services have not been returned.

OSHA is also investigating a death reported February 3rd north of Alexander.
Deutscher says an employee of KKA Drilling fell about 14 feet from a rig.
Workers were in the process of dismantling the rig floor when the accident happened.

29 oil-field related deaths have been reported to the North Dakota OSHA office from January 1, 2011 through today.    
Deutscher says his office receives 15-20 a year on average--for North Dakota and South Dakota.
He says the law requires workplace deaths be reported to OSHA within 8 hours--but that doesn't always happen.
Companies that do not report deaths at a work site are subject to citations which include financial penalties.

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