MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

June 08, 2017

Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

June sponsor: MonDaks Safety Network

Eric Genet: Opening greeting and announcements.

President Eric Genet started the meeting by welcoming everyone, pointing out emergency exits and muster area, and introductions of attendees. Eric introduced the new hazard alert titled Mobile Engine Hazard that will be posted on MonDaks, National Steps and OSHA websites. This hazard explains how to prevent fatalities caused by ignition of vapors.

    John Young - OSHA Compliance Officer

    Gerald Raughton - Workforce Safety and Insurance

John Young presented 2017 stats from OSHA's Operator Information System. So far there have been 4 fatalities of which 2 were non- jurisdictional and 2 were jurisdictional. John reminded us that an OSHA recordable is not the same as a Work Comp recordable. OSHA can investigate a case and if the company is not registered and licensed in the state, OSHA can report the company to Work Comp. In turn, Work Comp may come across an injury that they must report to OSHA. Some of OSHA’s incident reports come from the 911 or state radio calls. Statute of limitations to investigate a crime is 6 months except in the case of a criminal death, the statute of limitations is 5 years. When a complaint is reported, OSHA decides is it valid, do we have the resources and is it imminent danger, if so, is there someone else closer that can investigate.

OSHA has other industries besides oil and gas to regulate and investigate. In some cases, the companies that have accidents already do the investigation and root cause analysis, especially in the oil field. Most eminent hazards are pinch points especially dealing with pipe on rigs, struck by’s – again dealing with swinging pipe, fires such as by ignition sources, and falls from service rig platforms, catwalks with no railings.

John warned monitors are a tool, not an end-all. Learn to use your monitors to their best advantage.


Gerald Raughton explained the different programs that WSI offers to customers to help reduce insurance premiums. These programs can reduce a company’s premium by up to 25% if conditions are met. Also available are Ergonomic Grants up to $50,000 for companies that qualify. Of the 1800 grants applied for, 1500 of those were approved. WSI has a Video Resource Library of up to 600 training videos for companies to use in their safety programs, many of which have recently been upgraded.



06.08.2017 - WSI - Safety Incentive Programs and Consulting Services - Gerald Raughton