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Accident: 102594.015 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion On Oil Rig

Accident: 102594.015 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 01/22/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1290851.01501/22/2018Skyline Directional Drilling, L.L.C.
At 8:37 a.m. on January 22, 2018, one employee was working on Patterson Rig #219 and were tripping out of the wellbore to change the bit. The gas surfaced as the pipe/bit was removed from the well, causing the well to burp. Once the initial burp subsided, another burp occurred and gas fumes found an ignition source, causing a series of explosions on and around the rig. Five employees were in the doghouse, unable to exit the doghouse and were over come by smoke and excessive heat. One employee was killed.
Keywords: smoke, explosion, gas, rigging, gas well, heat, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1290851.015 55 M Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Drillers, oil well

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