Oil Patch Code Blue 2: 'Mad as Hell'
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.