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Associated Press, Published April 24 2013

OSHA cites ND energy firm for safety violations

STANLEY, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Minot company with safety violations following the death of an oil field worker.

OSHA says it has cited First Choice Energy of Minot with nine serious safety violations for exposing workers to unsafe conditions at an oil field drilling and fluid disposal operation in Stanley. The inspection was promoted by the death of a worker in March.

The violations include lack of atmospheric testing, permitting, signs and emergency response procedures.

OSHA has proposed fining the company $33,000.

First Choice Energy has 15 business days to comply, request a meeting with OSHA or contest the findings.

A call the First Choice Energy was not immediately returned.

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