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Accident: 170080022 - Two Killed, Two Injured In Premature Dynamite Explosion

Accident: 170080022 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 05/31/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11034496706/02/19947361Labor Express, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11034504806/01/19941389Paw Drilling & Well Service
At 9:00 a.m. on May 31, 1994, a four-man crew was preparing to dynamite a dead gas well to salvage the tubing. The dynamite exploded prematurely approximately 2 feet below the crew standing on the platform of the rig. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were thrown 17 feet and 6 feet, respectively, from the platform and were killed. Employee #3 remained on the platform, but lost both legs. Employee #4 was thrown 2 feet from the platform and lost one leg. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Weather may be a factor; there were lightning storms that morning. The foreman was a licensed blaster with years of experience.
Keywords: gas well, lightning, explosion, gas well drilling, platform, dynamite
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110344967 Occupation Not Listed
2 110345048 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
3 110345048 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported
4 110345048 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported
5 110345048 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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