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Accident: 14548028 - Oil Well Drilling Rig Explosion

Accident: 14548028 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 11/03/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1458181311/05/19841381Nabors Alaska Drilling Co
THIS OIL WELL WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING "KILLED" SO THAT TUBING COULD BE REPLACED. AFTER PUMPING IN A "KILL PILL", THEY WERE BLEEDING OFF EXCESS GAS THROUGH THE RIG CHOKING SYSTEM AND INTO THE "GAS BUSTER" IN THE MUD PITS. THEY WERE BLEEDING THE GAS OFF TOO QUICKLY FOR THE "GAS BUSTER" TO HANDLE AND SOME OF THE EXCESS GAS LEAKED INTO THE "MUD PITS". EMPLOYEE #1 WAS LEAVING THE PIT AREA WHEN THE ACCUMULATED GAS EXPLODED. THE SOURCE OF IGNITION IS NOT KNOWN. EMPLOYEE #1 RECEIVED 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD DEGREE BURNS TO HIS HEAD, FACE AND NECK.
Keywords: burn, head, oil well drilling, natural gas, explosion, neck, face, mud pit, oil rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14581813 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Drillers, oil well

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