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Accident: 170203202 - Employee Dies When Blown Into Air By Escaping Gas

Accident: 170203202 -- Report ID: 0950626 -- Event Date: 07/24/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11194156308/03/19907359Homco International
Employee #1 was disassembling the pipe rams of a Shaffer LWS, double gate, blowout preventer mounted on a high pressure oil well. The blind rams (manually locking) of the blowout preventer were closed, and were holding back gas in the well at 1,000 psi. Employee #1 asked an employee of the oil service company to open the pipe rams using a remote control lever. The control lever for the blind rams was erroneously actuated. High pressure gas from the well bore struck Employee #1, throwing him approximately 35 ft to a mud pit. He suffered spinal injuries and was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment. He died on August 2, 1990, from his injuries.
Keywords: ejected, dismantling, spine, work rules, control lever, high pressure, blowout--oil well, struck by, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111941563 Fatality Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations

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