Investigation Underway into Worker's Death at Offshore Alaska Drilling Site

Fairbanks, Alaska-based Doyon Drilling Inc. (DDI) is currently undertaking a complete and thorough investigation into the death of an employee who died while working on the North Slope on April 9.

David James, 56, was a roustabout pusher on DDI Rig 15 and was working on Spy Island at the time of the incident. Spy Island is a manmade gravel island in the Beaufort Sea and is the site of Eni's drilling operations for the Nikaitchuq oil field.

According to media reports, the worker may have been killed by a falling beam. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are on site investigating the incident.

DDI has reported the incident to all appropriate agencies and is fully cooperating with all ongoing investigations, the company said in a statement.

"It has been, and always will be, Doyon Drilling's top priority to send all of our employees home safely," said DDI General Manager Ron Wilson.


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