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Associated Press, Published September 25 2010

North Dakota companies cited in oil field death

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined two North Dakota companies in the April death of an oil field worker near Killdeer.

OSHA documents cited by the Dickinson Press show a crew was hoisting a bridle line and equalizer onto an oil rig when the rigging failed and dropped the load onto 64-year-old Larry Due, who was working 120 feet below. The Hebron man was killed in the accident.

Black Hills Trucking Inc. was fined $14,000. An attorney for the company says the citations are being reviewed.

Nabors Drilling USA LP has contested a $7,000 fine.

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