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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 521219.015 - Bp America Production Company

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood


Inspection Nr: 521219.015
Report ID: 0830600
Date Opened: 06/25/2012

Site Address:
Bp America Production Company
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122

Mailing Address:
501 West Lake Blvd., Houston, TX 77079

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 324199/All Other Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/01/2012

Emphasis: N:Petro, L:Oilgas

Case Closed: 03/05/2013

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 407450
Inspection 530858 Yes
Inspection 743801 Yes
Inspection 531038 Yes
Inspection 531179 Yes
Inspection 531358 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
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 12/19/2012 02/07/2013 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 33536.015
Event: 06/25/2012
One Employee Is Killed And Two Employees Are Injured When A

On June 25, 2012, an employee was in charge of setting the valves for a pipeline pigging operations. The crew was filling a pig launcher and over three miles o f a 16-in. gas line with nitrogen to purge the line and prepare to launch a smar t pig. The employee was responsible for checking the two gauges installed on th e launcher and for checking for leaks in the pipe supplying the nitrogen to the launcher. No one ever saw the gauges move. The ball valve leading to the pipe was not opened. No one watched the gauges continuously and no one saw them top out and fail. The pump truck supplying the nitrogen to purge the line was of a capacity which could frac wells miles deep. The supervisor for the truck had th e truck pumping for a couple of minutes at 3000 cfm. The truck then stalled and had to be restarted. A quick glance at the gauges seemed to still read 0. The supervisor gave a signal and had the operator kick the pressure up to 5000 cfm. The pig launcher ruptured and sent most of the launcher about 900 feet away. The employee was struck on the upper body and was killed instantly. The pump tr uck supervisor had walked away toward his truck and was struck in both legs by t he black pipe, resulting in several operations and months off work. The supervi sor for the crew there to load the pigs was helping in the sniffing of the lines and was also struck resulting in broken jaw, shoulder, ribs, and was hospitaliz ed for a lengthy period.

Keywords:compressed gas, explosion, flying object, leg, rib, shoulder, struck by

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 521219.015 Hospitalized injury
2 521219.015 Hospitalized injury
3 521219.015 Fatality
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