Inspection: 314769852 - Hilcorp Energy, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge
Hilcorp Energy, Inc.
Off La 167 Between Lafayette And Maurice La
Lafayette, LA 70506
1201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 213111/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Inspection Type: Accident
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 04/01/2011
Emphasis: L:Crane, L:Oilgas
Case Closed: 10/19/2011
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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
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