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Why North Dakota’s oil fields are so deadly for workers

Why North Dakota’s oil fields are so deadly for workers

- PBS News Hour
When Brendan Wegner went to work in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, his family had no idea it was so dangerous. On average, a worker dies every six weeks. On his first day on the rig, Wegner was killed by an explosion, and OSHA launched an investigation. Special correspondent Jennifer Gollan of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examines how employers avoid accountability.

In North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom, there will be blood

In North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom, there will be blood

- Reveal
In the early evening of Sept. 14, 2011, Jebadiah Stanfill was working near the top of an oil rig at a bend in the Missouri River in North Dakota. Jolted by a deafening boom in the distance, he swung around from his perch and saw a pillar of black smoke twisting into the sky.
Less than a mile away, another rig had exploded. “There’s men over there!” a worker below him shouted.
Stanfill, a compact and muscular man in his 30s, descended to the ground and hopped into...