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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310463526 - Schneider Energy Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Denver


Inspection Nr: 310463526
Report ID: 0830500
Open Date: 11/28/2006

Site Address:
Schneider Energy Services, Inc.
Webb 11-04 Nesw Sec. 4 T10s R95w, Mesa Cty
Collbran, CO 81624

Mailing Address:
14400 Hwy 34, Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 237120/Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 05/17/2007

Emphasis: L:Oilgas, N:Trench, S:Struck-By, S:Trenching

Close Case:07/18/2007

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101574416
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $12,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,450
Current Penalty $8,725 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,725
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 19101200 H01 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $0 $1,225 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
3. 01003 Serious 19260021 B02 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $0 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
4. 01004 Serious 19260050 C 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
5. 01005 Serious 19260651 B03 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
6. 01006A Serious 19101200 H01 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $1,225 $1,225 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
7. 01006B Serious 19260021 B02 05/16/2007 06/12/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201573185
Event: 11/27/2006
Employee Is Killed In Gas Pipeline Explosion

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 27, 2006, Employee #1, a roustabout, was part of a three man crew that was instructed to cut, thread, and cap a 4-in. steel pipeline that was considered to be abandoned since the well was no longer producing. The employees checked the pipeline for pressure by opening the blow down valves located on the 2-in. vertical riser section of pipe that was exposed above ground. One of the employees opened the valves and did not observe a pressure release from the valves, allowing the crew to proceed with excavating operations approximately four feet from the vertical riser to unearth the 4-in. pipe. Once the pipeline was excavated, Employee #1 began cold-cutting the pipe with a large manual rotary pipe cutting tool. Employee #1 eventually breached the 4-in. pipeline which was pressurized with natural gas and condensate, creating a high pressure release that struck Employee #1. Employee #1 received a blunt force trauma injury to the head causing a fatal injury.

Keywords:fracture, head, gas, explosion, pipeline, cutting and burning

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310463526 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
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