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Bakken worker death caused by toxic gas, lawsuit claims

The family of a man found dead atop an oil collection tank in the North Dakota oil patch in 2013 is suing the Texas-based company the deceased was working for. As reported by the Billings Gazette, on July 18, 2013, the body of Blaine P. Otto of Sidney, Montana, was discovered on a catwalk above the tanks where he was ...

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Feds: 1 dead in accident on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS — Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The owners say nobody else was hurt. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday on the drillship Pacific Santa Ana. Spokeswoman Amy Roddy says Pacific Drilling SA of Houston is not releasing any details about ...

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2 of 3 workers killed in pipeline explosion identified

GIBSON, La. — A maintenance company has released the names of two of the three people killed in a pipeline explosion in Terrebonne Parish. Danos, an oil and gas service company, says two of their contract employees, 40-year-old Samuel Brinlee, of Berwick, and 36-year-old Casey Ordoyne, of Larose, died in Thursday’s accident at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in ...

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Med examiner confirms carbon monoxide death near Pittsburgh

BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) — The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office has been called to the scene of a suspected carbon monoxide death near Pittsburgh. The office wasn’t immediately releasing information on the situation in Baldwin, a borough just south of the city. That’s where EMS Chief Todd Plunkett tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that one elderly person has died and another ...

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Woman indicted in West Chester death of utility worker

BUTLER COUNTY — The woman accused of killing a utility worker in West Chester Twp. last spring has been indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide charges. A grand jury returned indictments on nine charges, including two aggravated vehicular homicide charges, several counts of aggravated vehicular assault and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle under the influence. Michele Schuster, 23 of ...

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Permian oil company cited for death of three workers

A West Texas oil service company will have to pay a total of $50,400 in fines for a well fire explosion that killed three workers earlier this year. The Texas Tribune reported that Andrews, Texas residents Arturo Martinez Sr., his son Arturo Martinez Jr. and Rogelio Salgado, who married into the Martinez family, died in March while trying to install ...

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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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Woman’s body found near Pittsburgh sewage plant

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PITTSBURGH  — Pittsburgh police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was pulled from the Ohio River near a sewage treatment plant. The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says Pittsburgh River Rescue was dispatched to an area of the river near the McKees Rocks Bridge about 1:30 p.m. Monday only to find the body of the woman. The ...

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MSHA issues report on June mine fatal

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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

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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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