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Accident: 14322119 - Two Employees Die Of Asphyxia In Tank Truck

Accident: 14322119 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 06/03/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11603740906/04/19921381Union Drilling Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11604237506/04/19924922Cng Transmission Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11604060106/04/19921389Halliburton Services
On the morning of June 3, 1992, the bodies of Employees #1 and #2 were found by coworkers inside a tank truck used to recover gas well fracing chemicals. The cause of death was listed as asphyxiation due to exposure to acid fumes and oxygen deprivation. At the time of the accident, 1 1/2 million cubic feet of nitrogen gas, which was used in the fracing process, was being piped from the wellhead to the tank to recover fracing chemicals, including hydrochloric and acidic acids. Willful citations were issued to two employers for confined space entry and hazard communication deficiencies, along with other alleged violations. A third employer was issued a citation for hazard communication deficiencies under the multi-employer workplace provision in the standard.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, toxic fumes, hydrochloric acid, frac tank, work rules, confined space, oil well drilling, nitrogen, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116037409 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 116037409 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 116042375 Occupation Not Listed
4 116040601 Occupation Not Listed

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