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Accident: 14391346 - Employee Killed When Struck By Valve Housing

Accident: 14391346 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 01/28/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10082989402/02/19881389Otis Engineering Corp., Cps Div.
THREE EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING ON A CHRISTMAS TREE (VALVE) ASSEMBLY ON AN OIL WELL LOCATED ON A SMALL SATELLITE PLATFORM APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES OFFSHORE. A NITROGEN CYLINDER ON THEIR BOAT WAS CONNECTED BY A HOSE TO THE CONTROL PRESSURE INLET VALVE ON A PNEUMATIC ACTIVATOR (MASTER CONTROL) VALVE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE. WHEN THEY OPENED THE REGULATOR, IT PRESSURED UP AGAINST A DIAPHRAGM OF THE ACTUATOR VALVE, OPENING THE GATE OF THE VALVE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ACTUATOR VALVE WHEN THE HOUSING MECHANISM SHEARED AWAY FROM THE BOLTS HOLDING IT IN PLACE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN THE ASSEMBLY STRUCK HIM IN THE CHEST AND FACE.
Keywords: chest, unsecured, compressed gas, high pressure, valve, oil well servicing, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100829894 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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