MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting
April 14, 2016

Venue:    Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND
Donated by:    Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.
April sponsor:    Oasis Petroleum, Inc.

Ted Garling:    Opening greeting, announcements and introduction of attendees. Open floor for Safety Moments by attendees.

    • Step Up For Safety has been extended until May 31. Go to and watch the video and load your roster onto the OSHA website. OSHA Construction Stand Down is scheduled for June;
    • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has their meeting in Bismarck on May 11. ASSE meets quarterly;
    • Lynn Helms will speak at the API meeting in Williston, ND on May 3 at the Grand International Inn. Social starts at 6:30 with supper at 7:00;
    • Williston API Golf Scramble is scheduled for July 16-17 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course and the Links of ND. Proceeds go to aid the Wounded Warrior Project;
    • Dickinson API meeting is the 4th Tuesday of every month, previously held at the Elks but may change venue. Please check first;
    • Williston Area Safety Association (WASA) meets first Thursday of the  month El Rancho Williston Brewery. Harlan Olson with WSI has details;
    • Southwestern Area Safety Association (SASA) meets on the second Friday of each month. SASA is committed to a safe work environment and safer community.

Justin Alps:    Update on future committees to be organized - invited near-miss shares.

    • Theft of batteries and fuel is reported in nearby oilfields recently. Stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Theft of uniforms has allowed thieves onto well-guarded sites dressed as  employees.
    • Drive defensively. Watch for extra-wide agriculture equipment moving on highways and roadways throughout this planting season.
    • Tank Gaugers are reminded to check capacity of air tanks before masking up.  Keep air tanks full.

Committees will be formed in the following departments:

    • Community Involvement;
    • Transportation Committee – keeping transportation safe during the oil slump;
    • Disposal of hazardous waste.If you are interested in becoming a member on one of these committees, contact Justin Alps at

    Ashley Kann NREMT-P - Sanford Air Med

    Shawn Krabbenhoft - Triple AAA Safety, Watford City, ND

Shawn Krabbenhoft spoke on 4-gas monitors.

    • How to re-act to the alarm on the monitor;
    • Make the monitor part of your PPE;
    • Importance of calibration and daily bump test;
    • Check dates on monitors. In case of an incident the date will be investigated;
    • Check batteries;
    • Monitor docking station;
    • Check filters on monitor - they should be white;
    • Check clips;
    • Benzene gas can cause leukemia, depression and even death;
    • Sensors can get weak after exposure to high levels of gas.

Ashley Kann spoke on:

    • Importance of air ambulance for the injured in oilfields of western ND;
    • Sanford Air Med, Valley Med and Trinity are air ambulances available in our area;
    • Sanford Air carries blood for trauma patients, TXA (a clotting agent) and chest tubes. They carry more drugs than ambulances;
    • Time is important. Time saves lives. Air Med can carry patients to large hospitals faster than ground travel. A trip to Bismarck from McKenzie County can take as little as 40 minutes;
    • Call State Radio or 911 to initiate Air Med;
    • Use clear GPS directions. Download an app to your phone to get coordinates;
    • Don’t approach the helicopter. Let the medical staff unload and load the helicopter;
    • Help by wetting down area, advise of wind direction. 70 knots is max wind speed to land a helicopter. Stop traffic from coming into landing area;
    • Advise of overhead wires. Wires are the devil for aircraft.

The next MonDaks Safety Network meeting is May 12, 2016.