Study: ND oil worker death rate 6 times US average ND's 2012 death rate for oil, gas and mining workers was 6 times higher than national average
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota has the country's highest death rate for workers in the oil, gas and mining sector, at more than six times the national average, and an even higher rate among construction workers, according to a new report from the nation's largest labor union.

The AFL-CIO report, compiled from data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that North Dakota had a rate of 104 deaths per 100,000 workers in the oil, gas and mining industry in 2012. The national average was 15.9 deaths per 100,000.

And at 97.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, the state's construction fatality rate was nearly 10 times the national rate for that industry, according to the report.

"North Dakota stands out as an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work," the report said.

Scott Overson, assistant area director at Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bismarck office, said his agency has seen a "significant increase" in the number of fatalities in the oil fields or related to the industry in the past five to six years in North Dakota, which is now the second-highest oil-producing state in the country.

"Of course construction correlates along with that, obviously with the big influx of companies and workers, infrastructure has to go on as well, which is going to increase construction activities," he said Monday.

North Dakota's oil production is second to Texas, which had an overall worker death rate of just 4.8 fatalities per 100,000 employees. In the oil, gas and mining sector, Texas had 16.6 deaths per 100,000 employees. Because North Dakota has one of the lowest populations in the country, each death contributes significantly more to its worker death rate.

Many of North Dakota's worker deaths have occurred on the state's roads, which have seen increased traffic with the oil boom. Forty of the 65 fatal worker injuries in North Dakota in 2012 involved transportation incidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the union's report, North Dakota had the highest overall worker fatality rate in the nation in 2012, at 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national rate was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 employees. North Dakota was trailed by Wyoming (12.2 deaths), Alaska (8.9 deaths), Montana (7.3 deaths), and West Virginia (6.9 deaths).

In 2007, before the state's oil boom took off, North Dakota's worker fatality rate was 7 deaths per 100,000 employees.

House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad, a Parshall Democrat whose district is in the heart of the oil patch, said oil companies and contractors must do more to identify the reasons behind the high death rate. Contributing factors could be inexperience among new workers, he said.

Kari Cutting, vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, a lobbying group for oil companies, emphasized that transportation accidents were behind the high worker death rate in the industry.

"The infrastructure is so behind the industry itself that it'll take years to catch up," Onstad said.

Cutting said increasing the amount of water and petroleum transported by pipeline — and using multi-well drilling pads — could make the roads safer. Using pipelines and multi-well drilling pads could mean between 600 and 800 truck trips per site rather than the 2,000 needed now, she said.



07/02/2015 12:02am

I have joined in oil and gas course.Very excited to learn

09/04/2015 5:48am

The training in corporate worked is gaining momentum because the educational institutions are focusing theatrical side of education. Most of the people memorize their concepts when they go for interview. They cannot express themselves confidently because they lack interview skills

04/02/2016 8:34am

Renewable energy resources exist over wide geographical areas, in contrast to other energy sources, which are concentrated in a limited number of countries. Rapid deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency is resulting in significant energy security, climate change mitigation, and economic benefits.The results of a recent review of the literature concluded that as greenhouse gas(GHG) emitters begin to be held liable for damages resulting from GHG emissions resulting in climate change, a high value for liability mitigation would provide powerful incentives for deployment of renewable energy technologies.To know more visit

05/02/2016 8:57am

Oil study is good because we have to manage some thing special for our academic career we have to manage in a proper ways


Fantastic article. Thanks for sharing. Its useful


! We are a team of volunteers and new initiatives in the same niche. Blog gave us useful information to work. You have done an amazing job!

12/07/2016 10:48am

Really i am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.

01/21/2017 2:28am

My guess is that you hate plagiarism. You're a good writer, and any time you create an article, a blog post or any other bit of writing, you do your best to craft a piece that is as succinct and clear as possible.


Whats a good website to start a blog on (a free one), and how would i do that?.

05/23/2017 12:04am

Save oil and water, the world will need it much in the future.


Thank you for sharing this fact with us.


Nice information.


Thanks for sharing.


Leave a Reply

SPYDR Oilfield Service LLC. Copyright 2013 - 513 East Broadway, Williston, North Dakota 58801 701-774-2340 SPYDR OILFIELD SERVICE -Roustabout -Oil Field Contstruction- Oilfield Maintenance