BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at a QEP Resources oil well location near Mandaree.
According to initial reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Bismarck office, the incident involving Legendary Field Services of Watford City occurred Tuesday afternoon.
Office supervisor Eric Brooks said it appears from preliminary reports that the men were removing a tube on the well heater component when fluids somehow ignited. Both men were burned and the owner’s injuries were fatal, he said.
The OSHA investigation will continue.
This is the first oilfield fatality reported for 2015 and the first since Nov. 18, when Daniel Kintyhht, 32, died from a head injury after slipping and falling on an icy rig mat on a Nabors Drilling USA rig located south of Williston.
Brooks said, since 2010, oil field deaths account for half of workplace fatalities in North Dakota.