Oil field death ruled accident

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Jan 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Medical Examiner's Office says that a Duluth, Minn., man killed at a hydraulic fracturing site near Watford City suffered chest and abdominal injuries when he was hit by oilfield equipment.

The Tuesday report rules the death of 49-year-old Halliburton employee Mike Krajewski an accident.

High pressure dislodged the equipment, causing it to smash Krajewski in the chest and abdomen at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

A Halliburton spokeswoman said in an email to the Williston Herald that Krajewski's co-workers are saddened by the news.

Tara Mullee-Agard says the company is working with local authorities as they investigate. A second man also was injured in the incident.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration began investigating the site Tuesday.

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