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FNS Photo by Kevin Cederstrom An injured worker taking part in a simulated oil rig emergency is loaded onto Trinity Health’s NorthStar Criticair helicopter and flown from the site during a safety exercise Wednesday near Mandaree.

When minutes and seconds matter: Company works to improve response to oil accidents

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MANDAREE — Two years ago, Teresa Van Deusen felt helpless when an oilfield worker lost his arm in a drilling rig accident and had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive.

Once the ambulance got to the remote North Dakota oilfield location, the paramedics decided to call for a helicopter, adding another 20 minutes.

“I don’t find that acceptable,” said Van Deusen, safety specialist for WPX Energy.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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