OSHA Fines Halliburton in Death of a N.D. Worker

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Halliburton Company for two serious safety violations in a death of a worker in the western North Dakota oil fields.

The employee was struck by a high-pressure line while servicing a well on an oil rig in Watford City Jan. 19, according to OSHA.

“The company failed in its responsibility to maintain a worksite free from recognized safety hazards, such as struck-by hazards that can occur as the result of high-pressure lines and stored energy," said Eric Brooks, OSHA's area director in Bismarck, in a released statement. "It is tragic when a worker is killed on the job. Employers must take all precautions to prevent such incidents."

The violations included failing to secure or restrain high-pressure lines from movement to prevent a struck-by hazard and to control the release of stored energy from a pressure line.

The proposed fines total $14,000, which Halliburton can contest. Halliburton stated it is reviewing the matter, as reported by the Associated Press.

Founded in 1919, Halliburton is an oilfield services company that employees more than 72,000 people. The company, which operates a regional office in Williston, has been cited 43 times nationwide by OSHA since 2008.


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