A wrongful death lawsuit involving Marathon Oil has been settled. The suit was filed by the mother of a 21-year-old Montana man found dead at a western North Dakota oil well in 2012. Trista Juhnke filed the suit in Yellowstone County, Mont. The amount of the settlement is confidential. Dustin Bergsing was found unresponsive on an oil storage tank’s catwalk near Mandaree in Dunn County, N.D., on January 7, 2012. The cover of the tank was open. North Dakota’s medical examiner ruled that Bergsing died from hydrocarbon poisoning due to inhaling petroleum vapors.
Bergsing had no health problems and the coroner’s report showed there were no drugs or other toxic substances in his system. Bergsing worked for Across Big Sky Flow Testing, which was contracted by Marathon Oil. According to Eric Brooks, assistant area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA found no violations of federal standards during its investigation. Fred Bremseth, a lawyer with offices in Minneapolis and Montana, represented the Plaintiff. He did a very good job in this most interesting case.
Source: Associated Press
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