MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

September 14, 2017

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

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

September sponsor: SUN ELECTRIC INC

Vice President James Smith opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and pointing out emergency procedure exits and muster area.

James announced candidates for member-at-large openings. These candidates are Darwin Stevens with Secure Energy Services and John Souza with Sentry Crane and Services.

Nominations for Secretary and President will be presented and voted on at next meeting.

James introduced our speakers.

    Doug McHenry - Consultant in Minot for WSI

    John Young - Compliance Officer, OSHA – Bismarck Office

Doug McHenry talked on claims submitted to WSI this year and previous years, providing graphs to show claims oilfield specific over the years. Claims in 2016-17 were down to 20,025 which are manageable per Doug, compared to 2011-12 with 24,647 claims and 2013-14 with 26,395 claims. The cost per claim for time-lost claims has risen as well as the cost for medical-only claims. Doug presented premiums for rate classes with Clerical being the lowest and Caisson work being the highest. Rate class 1320 for Oilfield operations is $3.74/$100 on the maximum per person charge. Accepted fatalities by WSI in 2012 were 29 of which half were oilfield related, in 2017 there have been only 7 fatalities of which one-third were oilfield related.

WSI offers a Safety Management Program for companies to earn a 10% discount in their premium by complying with safety policy requirements such as JSA’s, accident investigation and hazard inspections, etc. Also offered are 8 different SAP or Safety Incentive Programs for companies to earn an additional 5% each up to 15% reduction in their premiums. These discounts can combine for a total of 25% off of annual premiums. WSI is introducing a Wellness program into their SAP in the future. Drugs remain a problem in our area with the increased use of black tar heroin, some people have requested that marijuana be omitted from drug testing panels, WSI will not cover cost of medical marijuana.

There have been 88 traffic fatalities in North Dakota this year, sadly 41 of those fatalities were not wearing seat-belts.


09.14.2017 - WSI - Claims - Doug McHenry


John Young provided oilfield statistics on fatalities for the year, 6 total, 4 were non-jurisdictional meaning other agencies such as Highway Patrol investigated, and 2 were jurisdictional meaning OSHA inspected. The agency received 20 complaints of which 2 were investigated and 18 were phone/fax whereby OSHA has the company do its own investigation and submits and abates it satisfactorily and OSHA does not have to do it. John explained RRI are Rapid Response Intervention of which 30 were reported. Of those 30, 10 received citations and the other 20 were self-inspected. When abating an incident, more information is better than less. Train your people to do your own accident investigation and determine root cause analysis so OSHA does not have to do it. Highest percentage of hazards were pinch points, followed by struck-bys (hit by vehicles are included), fires and falls. Try to incorporated new site traffic plan to avoid struck-bys from vehicles. John spoke on adequate pre-employment testing to provide a baseline on health issues of new hires.