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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 314769852 - Hilcorp Energy, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge


Inspection Nr: 314769852
Report ID: 0625700
Date Opened: 03/31/2011

Site Address:
Hilcorp Energy, Inc.
Off La 167 Between Lafayette And Maurice La
Lafayette, LA 70506

Mailing Address:
1201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 213111/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/01/2011

Emphasis: L:Crane, L:Oilgas

Case Closed: 10/19/2011

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 102656394
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/01/2011 08/18/2011 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200556397
Event: 03/31/2011
Employee Is Struck And Killed When Piping Overpressurizes

On March 31, 2011, Employee #1 and a coworker were standing on the platform of a natural gas production well. Wire line service had been conducted in an attempt to recover a tool that had been lost in the well. The employees obtained permission from the employer to overflow the well to remove any debris. The coworker opened the choke valve on the well. The operating pressure on the well was around 8,000 psi. Once the choke valve was opened, the pressure flowed down the 3 in. production line. A valve on the 3 in. production line was in the "closed" position. Because of this valve being closed, the high-pressure built up in the 3 in. line and busted a 90 degree elbow on the line. Employee #1 was struck in the face and killed by the high-pressure release. The coworker suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms and hands and was admitted to a hospital.

Keywords:rigging, gas, explosion, high pressure pipe, struck by, face

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314769852 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
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