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Worker Dies In Western North Dakota Oilfield

Feb. 1st, 2013

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A worker in the western North Dakota oil patch has died of injuries suffered in an incident at a rig north of Watford City.

McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin says the 22-year-old man was struck in the chest by a piece of metal hydraulic equipment on Thursday afternoon. Rankin says the man suffered cardiac arrest while being flown to a Bismarck trauma center and was pronounced dead at a Watford City hospital.

Rankin says authorities are not releasing the man's name at the request of his family. He did not know where the man was from or what company he was working for.

The sheriff says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Source:InForum.com

UPDATE Feb. 2nd,

Bismarck area OSHA director Eric Brooks said the 22-year-old man was crushed by a set of power tongs on Thursday afternoon. Power tongs are used on drilling rigs to handle pipe going in and out of well holes.

McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin said the man suffered cardiac arrest while being flown to a Bismarck trauma center and was pronounced dead at a Watford City hospital. Rankin said authorities are not releasing the man’s name at the request of his family.

Brooks said the man is an employee of Heller Casing Service Inc.

Comment by Dan Myronenko on February 1, 2013 at 2:07pm

my prayers go out to his family

 

Comment by George Stephens on February 1, 2013 at 2:29pm

 

  We are still losing them   My heart go,s out to his friends and family

Comment by charles lupton on February 1, 2013 at 2:48pm

its a reality check to us all my prayers to his family and friends

Comment by TRAVIS MANN on February 1, 2013 at 2:50pm
so tragic my prayers go out to family
Comment by Wendie on February 1, 2013 at 2:56pm

Its so sad. My prayers go out to his family and friends.  My son is out there and I can just imagine how heartbroken his family is...

 

Comment by Luiz Souza on February 1, 2013 at 4:22pm

My God, one more! When it gonna stop! My prayers to the family.

Comment by Alan Fortune on February 1, 2013 at 4:27pm

Condolences and prayers.

Let us hope the reason for the incident are released so all may learn from it.

Comment by Bill Walter on February 1, 2013 at 6:42pm

Terrible these things happen. My condolences to his family and friends.

 

 

Comment by william stanford on February 1, 2013 at 7:03pm

my heart and prayers to the family and co-workers. i stand behind alan: the facts and conclusions of this incident must be made public for all of our safety and welfare.

Comment by Michael Taylor on February 1, 2013 at 7:12pm

My condolences to the family... Another young oilpatch brother... I keep hearing "out with the old timers in with the new"..."out with the old school, in with the new"....but what I dont hear is : a seasoned vetrand was killed today"...Just saying......

Comment by Steve Walker on February 1, 2013 at 8:18pm

Our Prayers go out to the Family, May God Bless all, RIP my Brother.

Comment by John Johnson on February 1, 2013 at 8:41pm

sorry to hear wuld like to knw what happened so we can teach the other young & old cuz even a seasoned roughneck can b hurt by his actions but most likely by the new guy that dont know or has never seen the danger

 

 

Comment by abandelman2 on February 1, 2013 at 10:45pm

Prayers to his family.

Comment by Drilling Ahead on February 2, 2013 at 5:33am

Update Feb 2nd

Bismarck area OSHA director Eric Brooks said the 22-year-old man was crushed by a set of power tongs on Thursday afternoon. Power tongs are used on drilling rigs to handle pipe going in and out of well holes.

McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin said the man suffered cardiac arrest while being flown to a Bismarck trauma center and was pronounced dead at a Watford City hospital. Rankin said authorities are not releasing the man’s name at the request of his family.

Brooks said the man is an employee of Heller Casing Service Inc

Comment by Wantuadi Joao Diwaku on February 2, 2013 at 9:02am
My prayers for all guys on the rigs now to be safe and work safe! Just remimber there is not enough room to play between incident and near miss. Watch out each other.
Comment by Jonathan N. Ogbogu on February 2, 2013 at 4:28pm

Our Condolences to the family.  May his soul rest in peace. 

This is another reminder that Safety must always come first, for every one on the Drill Site.  Lets be very safety conscious guys.

Comment by Colin Esslemont on February 3, 2013 at 2:13am
Another life lost to the oil field and probably something that was completely avoidable. As an industry we don't seem to be learning as we're still hurting people and in many cases people are paying the ultimate price.
Comment by Brad Stouffer on February 4, 2013 at 6:01pm

God bless this youing man. My 23 year old is out there when it's 20 below or 105 above . All these guys are heros as we need all the oil and gas we can get. The easy oil will soon be gone. Then  the hollywood oil bashers will be begging for fracked oil.

Comment by Drilling Ahead on February 5, 2013 at 4:27am

Preliminary information indicates that the 22-year-old man was crushed by a set of power tongs on Pioneer Rig 74 off state Highway 1806 and McKenzie County Road 10, said Eric Brooks, area director for the Bismarck OSHA office.

Comment by dale b high on February 5, 2013 at 8:27pm

my prayers go out to the faimly.

hope we learn from this.C.M's need to slow down

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