The oil boom in North Dakota has been considered by many as a great thing for the local economy. It has brought jobs and significant income to the state. Unfortunately, with the positives of something new also comes the negatives. The number of work-related injuries and deaths had been increasing, and the majority of these incidents involve the oil, gas and construction industry jobs.
In total, 34 work-related deaths have been reported since 2012. Of those 34, 21 have been tied to workers in the oil industry alone. Workers servicing oil rigs are constantly exposed to hazardous situations, including fires, equipment dangers and explosions.