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Accident: 102597.015 - Employee Is Killed In Oil Rig Explosion

Accident: 102597.015 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 01/22/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1290861.01501/22/2018Crescent Consulting, Llc
At 8:37 a.m. on January 22, 2018, five employees were working on an oil rig, tripping out of the wellbore to change a 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 escape and were overcome by smoke and excessive heat. One employee was killed.
Keywords: smoke, explosion venting, gas well, gas, heat, smoke inhalation, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1290861.015 60 M Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat)

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