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Accident: 200553121 - One Employee Killed And Two Employees Burned In Explosion

Accident: 200553121 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 10/24/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30596165810/27/20037389Leo'S Diving And Marine Service Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30596166610/28/20031311Enervest Operating Llc

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on October 24, 2003, Employees #1, #2 and #3 were three members of a four man crew working to repair a 4-in. natural gas intra-field transfer line (900 psi). The line had developed a pinhole leak. The outer coating on the line had become damaged and had fallen off, allowing barnacles to develop on the exposed pipe surface. Employee #1 was the diver and Employees #2 and #3 remained on deck. Employee #1 was using a hatchet to remove the barnacles when the line ruptured, releasing the natural gas. The crew was using a gasoline powered air compressor, located on deck. As the natural gas escaped the water, it ignited resulting in an explosion. Employee #1 was killed while underwater by the explosion. Employees #2 and #3 were severely burned and were transported by helicopter to a local hospital and hospitalized.

Keywords: work rules, diving, explosion, burn, flammable liquid, natural gas, lockout, gas leak, diver

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305961658 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 305961658 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 305961666 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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