OSHA investigators find companies failed to maintain well control after Watford City flash fire

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - A flash fire killed one and injured three at a well site in Watford City June 18.

After an investigation, OSHA issued safety violations to the well's operator, XTO Energy, and two servicing companies, Most Wanted Well Service, LLC, and Sherwood Enterprises Inc.

OSHA has proposed penalties of nearly $25,000 for not maintaining well control by exposing workers to fire and explosion hazards, as well as not providing employees with flame retardant clothing.