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Bakken: 2015 is off to a deadly start

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reporting that North Dakota has seen as many oil and gas related deaths this year as the entirety of last year. The figures for 2015 date back to October 1. KX News reports that OSHA tracks the data from October 1 of one year to September 30 of the next. The last ...

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MSHA issues report on June mine fatality


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Investigators say a haul truck driver who died at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek mine last June was not wearing a seat belt when he drove through a berm into a spoil pit. The Mine Safety and Health Administration released findings of its investigation this past week. The agency says the lack of seat belt use resulted ...

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Wyoming lawmakers discuss fatal-accident fines


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming state legislators are discussing whether to require a $50,000 fine for any company where a safety violation causes the death of one of its workers. The draft legislation heads before the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Cheyenne on Tuesday. The proposal is a compromise between Democratic state Rep. Mary Throne of Cheyenne and ...

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Company fined $7,000 for death at Lovell plant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Western Sugar Cooperative has paid a $7,000 fine in connection with a workplace accident that killed a woman at its beet-processing plant in Lovell early this year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services issued citations to Western Sugar alleging 12 violations following the January death of 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff. She died after falling through an open ...

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Number of highway fatalities in Wyoming up


CASPER, Wyo. — Nearly twice as many people have died on Wyoming highways so far this year compared with 2013. Wyoming Highway Patrol figures show that 135 people have died as of last week this year in highway crashes. At the same point in 2013, the state had recorded 77 highway deaths. For all of 2013, there were 87 total ...

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UPDATE: Victims of rig accident near Mead are Halliburton employees


One man is confirmed dead and two more sustained serious injuries Thursday morning in an accident involving a high-pressure water line at a well site in southwestern Weld County. The fatal victim was identified as Matthew Smith, 36, of Brighton. The two injured men were both flown to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. Thomas Sedlmayr, 48, was airlifted to Denver ...

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Aberdeen man dies in North Dakota snowplow accident

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Two 20-year-old men, one of them from Aberdeen, were killed after their car collided with a snowplow just west of Wahpeton, N.D., on Thursday night. The Aberdeen man is Thomas “Bubba” Neal Serr, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Serr was the son of Tony and LyNae Serr of Aberdeen. The other man killed was Taylor Cofell ofLaMoure, N.D. ...

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Fuel tank explosion leaves one dead, another injured

A 52-year-old man is dead and another suffered minor injuries after a fuel tank exploded at a business in western Laramie County, Wyoming, Thursday morning, according to wyomingnews.com. Authorities have not released the man’s name. The explosion occurred around 10:30 a.m. at Tri-State Oil Reclaimers Inc. on Otto Road, approximately seven miles west of Cheyenne. Emergency responders included: three Laramie ...

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