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(Image courtesy of Easton Health and Safety Solutions)

WPX Energy and Easton Health and Safety Solutions have partnered to provide fast air medical services in response to emergencies in the remote oil fields of western North Dakota.

The president of Easton, Troy Easton, said it can take hours for ambulances to get workers injured in the oil field to hospitals.

Helicopters responding to similar emergencies take an average of 24 minutes to reach WPX’s sites on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

WPX employees will be able to request Easton helicopters carrying paramedics without first waiting for an ambulance to arrive and assess the situation.

AFL-CIO says North Dakota had the highest worker death rate in the oil, gas and mining sector in 2012, with 104 deaths per 100,000 workers.