Oil patch sees increase in employee deaths

Workforce Safety and Insurance data show 29 workers were killed on the job in the fiscal year that ended in July. Thirteen of the fatalities occurred in oil patch-related occupations, and 7 of those deaths were from vehicle crashes.

WSI director Bryan Klipfel says North Dakota’s robust economy led by its booming energy sector has spurred an increase in the number of employers, workers and claims. And he says oil patch-related occupations often are more dangerous than other jobs.