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Big Sky Well Service cited, fined for August oil field death near Killdeer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday released the findings of its investigation into the 2012 workplace death of a Dickinson man at a well site near Killdeer, and Big Sky Well Service has been fined.

Terry Metcalf died the morning of Aug. 6 after falling about 50 feet from a drilling rig basket. The OSHA findings state that Metcalf's employer, Big Sky Well Service, received citations for infractions related to well control operations, fall protection and personal protective equipment.

Bismarck Area OSHA Director Eric Brooks said the infractions total $14,700 in fines for Big Sky. The company has until Feb. 1 to pay the fines, request an informal conference or call for a hearing before the OSHA Review Commission.

See Saturday's Dickinson Press for more on the story.