OSHA issues safety violations to oil drilling company

TRENTON, N.D. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Nomac Drilling of Killdeer three safety violations, including one repeat for failing to provide fall protection to workers at a Trenton well site.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $65,300.

OSHA did an inspection earlier this month and cited the company for failing to protect workers from falling off platforms. The same violation was cited to Nomac in 2010 and 2011 in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

“Falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace,” Eric Brooks, OSHA’s area director in Bismarck, said in a statement. “Employers have a responsibility to implement worker safety programs effectively and to train their employees on the proper use of fall protection equipment.”

Nomac also was issued two serious violations for failing to install an effective emergency escape line from the derrick board and failing to provide a usable eyewash station for working with corrosive chemicals.

Nomac Drilling has been inspected by OSHA 35 times nationwide since January 2010, with 16 of those inspections resulting in citations.

The company has 15 business days to comply, contest the findings, or request to meet with an OSHA official.

A Nomac spokesman issued this statement: “Nomac takes worker safety very seriously and will address OSHA’s concerns when we receive details from the agency.”

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