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Accident: 123127.015 - One Employee Is Injured And The Other Is Killed In Heater Tr

Accident: 123127.015 -- Report ID: 0627510 -- Event Date: 01/11/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1455499.01501/11/2020Sojourner Drilling Corporation
At 10:45 a.m. on January 11, 2020, Employee #1, employed by an oil and gas opera tion company, was overseeing a Kenneth Scott heater treater welding repair. Empl oyee #2 emptied the remaining fluids in the heater treater. Employee #1 power wa shed the heater treater to remove any remaining flammable materials and ensure t hat it was safe for welding. After Employee #1 finished washing the heater treat er he notified a coworker, the contract welder, that he could begin setting up t o patch the hole in the heater treater. Before the welder could start work, an e xplosion occurred catching Employee #1 and Employee #2 in the blast. Employee #2 only received minor burns and was treated but did not require hospitalization. Employee #1 was hospitalized, where he later died from second degree burns.
Keywords: burn, cleaning, explosion, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, gas, oil well drilling/servicing, oil well servicing, repair, welder, welding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1455499.015 40 M Fatality

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