Most North Dakota Worker Deaths Happen on the Road, but the Feds Typically Don’t Investigate ThemAuthor/Presenter: Baumgarten, April
On June 21, 2013, Patrick Wilkie, an employee of Triangle Electric, and his two co-workers died in a fiery five-vehicle crash near Stanley while driving to a work site. It is unclear whether the three deaths were counted as transportation-related, since the Labor Department does not publicly disclose how cases are classified. The AFL-CIO, a federation of U.S. labor unions, has criticized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal entities for not having enough investigators to look into worker deaths. A Labor Department spokesperson said the agency does not release information on individual cases due to a confidentiality policy and how data is collected. Families who have lost loved ones in workplace incidents not only expect OSHA to investigate all transportation-related workplace deaths, but also want companies and government officials to do more to prevent them.