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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14301717 - Employee Killed When Piece Of Exploding Container Hit Him

Accident: 14301717 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 01/14/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
239934301/15/19881311Operators, Inc.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING ALONE, ATTEMPTING TO THAW A FROZEN GAS FLOWLINE BY INJECTING LIQUID METHANOL INTO THE LINE. A JOB MADE CONTAINER OF APPROXIMATELY 8 GALLONS WAS PLACED ON A STAND IN FRONT OF THE WELLHEAD AND CONNECTED BY COPPER TUBING TO THE FLOWLINE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING APPROXIMATELY 3 FEET IN FRONT OF THE CONTAINER. PRESUMABLY, HE WAS ADJUSTING THE VALVES WHEN THE END OF THE CONTAINER BLEW OFF AND STRUCK HIM IN THE HEAD. THE TOP PART OF HIS HEAD WAS SEVERED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS NOT WEARING A PROTECTIVE HELMET. THE CONTAINER WHICH RUPTURED WAS NOT DESIGNED OR CONSTRUCTED FOR PRESSURIZATION.
Keywords: head, methyl alcohol, gas well, work rules, rupture, explosion, high pressure, struck by, flying object, frozen
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2399343 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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