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Accident: 200640076 - Employee Burned When Natural Gas From Well Ignites

Accident: 200640076 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 05/15/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10886963705/16/19961389Smitty'S Welding Service, Inc.
Employee #1 was assisting a welder in an oil/gas well re-entry. Part of the process was to cut the well surface casing and weld in a hanged extension. There were indications of natural gas coming out of the well in small amounts and, as the last cut was started, there was a flash from the well casing when the cutting torch igniting a pocket of natural gas or other flammable material. Employee #1 sustained burns to the upper portion of his body from the flash fire and heated well contents.
Keywords: burn, leak, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, natural gas, welding, torch, gas well drilling, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108869637 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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