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Accident: 170218119 - Employee Killed In Natural Gas Pipe Explosion

Accident: 170218119 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 02/03/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12438483502/04/19941389Kalkaska Construction Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12438484302/04/19941382Amoco Production Co
On February 3, 1994, Employee #1 and coworkers, of Kalkaska Construction Services of Amoco Production Company, were draining fluids and sand from the sand catcher tank on a natural gas well that had 3,000 psi head pressure. As the sand catcher tank emptied, gas rushed out the drain line, raising the end of the unsecured line. A fitting failed, and the line blew apart. Employee #1 was struck in the face by the piping system. Metal striking metal then ignited an explosion and fire in which Employee #1 was killed. A citation was issued for a serious violation of Section 11a, 5711(1)(a) and 5739(3).
Keywords: gas well, work rules, equipment failure, explosion, drain pipe, fire, natural gas, high pressure, struck by, metal pipe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124384835 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 124384843 Occupation Not Listed

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