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Associated Press, Published February 13 2013

Oil, gas operators to review safety procedures In North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. – Recent fatalities in the Oil Patch have prompted oil and gas companies operating in North Dakota to meet Thursday to review safety procedures.

A “stand-down” for safety will be led today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the MonDaks Safety Network, a local chapter of the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network.

Half of the workplace fatalities investigated by the Bismarck OSHA office come from the oil and gas industry, said Eric Brooks, area director of the Bismarck OSHA office. There were two oilfield fatalities in January.

Dustin Austin, chairman of the MonDaks Safety Network, said he expects more than 500 people to participate in the three-hour event, either by attending the event in Minot or watching a webcast online.

“We want to show North Dakota and the public that we’re serious about safety,” Austin said.