Halliburton has been cited by OSHA for two serious safety violations after a worker was fatally injured Jan. 19 when struck by a high-pressure line while servicing a well on an oil rig in Watford City, North Dakota.
"The company failed in its responsibility to maintain a worksite free from recognized safety hazards, such as struck-by hazards that can occur as the result of high-pressure lines and stored energy," said Eric Brooks, OSHA's area director in Bismarck. "It is tragic when a worker is killed on the job. Employers must take all precautions to prevent such incidents."
Two serious safety violations were cited for failing to secure or restrain high-pressure lines from movement to prevent a struck-by hazard and to control the release of stored energy from a pressure line.
Proposed fines total $14,000. Houston-based Halliburton has been inspected by OSHA 43 times nationwide since 2008. The company, which supplies products and services to the oil industry, operates a regional office in Williston.