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Bulldozer rolls over, kills pipeline worker

ROARING BRANCH, Pa. — A pipeline worker is dead after the bulldozer he was operating rolled over in northern Pennsylvania. It happened just before noon Tuesday in Union Township. State police say 54-year-old Ricky Dettman was driving a bulldozer on steep grade when it rolled down the hill, turning over several times before coming to a rest in an upright ...

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Two companies continue cuts in Texas energy industry

Two Houston-based oilfield companies have announced more job cuts on the horizon for Texas. National Oilwell Varco and Cal Dive International will cut a combined 276 jobs this month, according to state regulators on Monday. Fuel Fix reported that Cal Dive, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, told the Texas Workforce Commission it is closing two facilities ...

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Historic slide in coal jobs continues in Eastern Kentucky; jobs down 10.6 percent in 2nd quarter

The historic slide in coal jobs that has undermined the economy of Eastern Kentucky continued in the second quarter of the year, with the industry cutting 10.6 percent of its workforce in the region. The layoffs left an estimated 5,889 employed at coal mines and facilities in Eastern Kentucky, according to a report released Friday by the state Energy and ...

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Times are tough — 5 reasons why you shouldn’t let up on safety during a downturn

To get great or even good safety performance results requires a commitment to resources.  Each safety-compliant worker is a company investment — time and money are poured into each employee to develop skills, a belief and the desire to approach safety as an integral part of their job.  What happens though, when the resource pipeline is empty?  What happens when ...

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Judge: Oil field work caused Weld County man’s death

LOVELAND, Colo. — A judge’s decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry. Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of “tank gauging,” the practice of measuring oil levels after opening a tank hatch, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. ...

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OSHA identifies Arkansas man killed on job in North Dakota

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified an Arkansas man who died on the job in North Dakota. OSHA says 23-year-old Alex Lee, of Conway, Arkansas, was operating a construction packer for a street project in Dickinson on July 15 when the packer slid down an embankment and rolled on him, crushing him. Lee was working ...

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