Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Fire Escape Plan!


October 6-12 was Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s theme was, Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape! The campaign is designed to educate people on the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.


NFPA statistics show that in 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average from 2012 to 2016, seven people died in home fires every day.


Click here for more Fire Prevention tips.

ABC MN/ND Seeking
A Safety Specialist


October 7, 2019 – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota/North Dakota (ABC MN/ND) is in the process of hiring a Safety Specialist in the Twin Cities/southern Minnesota. ABC MN/ND is a multi-state association representing merit shop construction-related firms. The Safety Specialist will serve as a safety resource for ABC MN/ND members; conduct jobsite audits for companies; work with company safety committees to ensure high-quality education and training occurs; develop customized safety programs depending on individual company need; and conducting train on a variety of courses.


To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Safety Specialist Search Committee, ABC MN/ND, 10193 Crosstown Circle, Eden Prairie, MN  55344 or email: Visit for more information.

Operation Lifesaver of the Dakotas is spreading awareness for safety around railroad tracks


September 24, 2019 – Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. Operation Lifesaver of the Dakotas (OL), Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada are joining forces this week to observe Rail Safety Week (RSW) in North America. RSW will host several rail safety events to raise awareness of the need for caution near railroad grade crossings and train tracks. The goal of RSW is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness.


You can help prevent rail tragedies by following these simple tips:

  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
  • If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle.
  • Never use the train tracks for photo shoots – it’s trespassing on private railroad property and it is illegal.
  • Train tracks overhang by at least three feet, so make sure not to stand to close to the tracks.

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Free Oil and Gas Emergency Response Training for Communities, Emergency Responders


September 11, 2019 – We partnered with Hess Corporation to provide free training designed to prepare communities, companies, and emergency personnel to safely and confidently respond to oil and gas emergencies. This training was provided in conjunction with the 2019 Southwest Region EMS Conference, Sept. 21-22 in Medora.


Training topics included HAZMAT tabletop exercise; incident investigations; confined space and lockout tagout awareness; and self protection techniques for responders. Additional topics offered throughout the event were, pain management, field triage, infectious disease and much more.


A reimbursement grant was available, thanks to funding from Hess Corporation, making it free to attend Saturday’s oil and gas track. Those involved in law enforcement, fire rescue, or emergency management were eligible to apply.


Critical Issues Session Scheduled in Williston


September 12, 2019 – Incident investigations that focus on identifying and correcting root causes, instead of finding fault or blame, improve workplace morale and increase productivity by demonstrating an employer’s commitment to a safe and healthy workplace. That is why the NDSC chose Incident Investigation: What Every Employer Should Know as this year’s Critical Issues topic.


During this engaging Critical Issues training session, you will:

  • learn the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 6 FUNDAMENTAL STEPS to a comprehensive incident investigation
  • test your knowledge during a MOCK INVESTIGATION group exercise
  • PRACTICE the NSC’s fundamental steps
  • learn key items to include in an incident investigation toolkit

Plus, all attendees will walk away with a free copy of the NSC’s Incident Investigation Toolkit Checklist.


Register now to attend our next Critical Issues session:
Williston – October 23 – sponsored by AE2S Construction, LLC


Seating is limited – REGISTER TODAY!

Free Event to Address Violence Preparedness
in the Workplace


September 12, 2019 – Our FREE Violence Preparedness event in Bismarck was a huge success and Northrop Grumman has provided funds to provide another session in Grand Forks on Tuesday, October 15 from 11:30am to 2:00pm.


If your company’s services involve public interaction, then you should have personal safety training for your employees, as well as basic security protocols and a comprehensive emergency plan. During this free event, attendees will learn emergency response principles outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and protocols to respond to an active shooter, knife attack or any other physical assault.


Each attendee will receive a Workplace Security Self-Assessment checklist in addition to a free copy of the National Safety Council’s Emergency Gap Analysis that will help attendees determine their business’s level of emergency preparedness.


Seats are limited, so register now for this free event!

Parents, Public Can Help Keep Students
Safe This School Year


August 23, 2019 – Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every state, stop-arm laws are in place to protect children from other motorists.*


With school starting back up, we encourage parents to discuss bus stop safety tips with their children. Click here for some great tips.


* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Donors Help Implement School Violence Planning And Management Classes For Williston Public Schools


August 21, 2019 – With gun violence continuing to rise, several sponsors joined forces to fund training needed to educate and prepare the staff of Williston Public Schools for an act of violence. The training was taught by our master instructor, Don Moseman. Moseman has studied more than 100 school shootings, and during his nearly 20 year career in the Colorado State Patrol, he responded to three active shooter events.


Read the full story here

NDSC Hosts ONE BASIN – One Way!
Signing Ceremony


June 21, 2019 – The North Dakota Safety Council hosted a signing ceremony at its Bismarck Safety campus yesterday to officially launch the ONE BASIN – One Way! standardized Contractor Safety Orientation Program. The North Dakota Petroleum Council, Governor Burgum, along with representatives from Workforce Safety and Insurance and Safety FIRST partners were in attendance to sign the commemorative poster.


Click here to read more about ONE BASIN – One Way! and to view pictures, news stories and audio of the event.  

Jay’s Story: Why Couldn’t God Have Taken Me, Instead of Him?


January 31, 2019 – Jay Skarphol had his post-retirement planned out. But that was before tragedy struck.


Living and working in the oil fields of western North Dakota as a senior environmental health and safety specialist, Skarphol, a native of the Tioga area, wrapped up his long career in the Bakken region in July of 2011 to move to Fargo. He was 56. He and his wife, Jeanne, had purchased a home in Fargo three years earlier to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Jeanne was already living there, enjoying being a grandma and helping with daycare.


“My plan was to work part-time at Fleet Farm or Scheels for the discount on the guns and ammo and the clothes and ride things out that way,” Skarphol says.


Fate intervened.


On Friday, May 25, 2012, Memorial Day Weekend, the Skarphol family was changed forever. Their eldest son, Trevor, was killed at a West Fargo construction site at 11:38 that morning.


Read the full story here…

Our 2017-2018 Annual Report: A Story of Success Through Partnership


From our families to yours, we would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless dedication to making our roads, workplaces, communities and homes safe.


Our 2017-2018 Annual Report shares the stories of a few of our friends impacted by a life-altering workplace injury, fatality, or a life saved. These stories of tragedy and triumph remind us each day why our work is so important, and why we need to keep working together to pursue our vision of making North Dakota the safest state in the nation.


Thanks to your contributions, we achieved huge strides toward our overall vision. Please take a moment to review the report and celebrate the successes we have achieved together.


Click here to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.