Oil Patch Code Blue 2: 'Mad as Hell'

Sep 10, 2013

This week we’re exploring injuries and deaths in North Dakota oil country.

Yesterday, we learned about the struggles of a rural ambulance company and the rising number of trauma admissions at western North Dakota hospitals.

Today, we turns our attention to on-the-job deaths in the state’s booming oil industry. According to a 2008 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, oil field workers are seven times more likely to suffer a fatal on-the-job injury than the average American worker.

Black Gold Boom reporter Todd Melby explores what’s happening to oil field workers in North Dakota.

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