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Accident: 200643302 - Perforating Gun Kills Employee And Injures Another

Accident: 200643302 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 09/12/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30806617409/14/20051389The Rosel Company
On September 12, 2005, Employees #1 and #2 were conducting oil and gas well wire line activities in the conversion of a well into an injection disposal well. They had logged the well, set an explosive bridge plug, and cemented the plug. They prepared an electrically initiated perforating gun that consisted of 36 shape charges in an 11-ft-long steel tube that was to be lowered into the well. The gun accidently discharged, and Employee #1 was hit with at least one charge on the upper thighs, which nearly severed both legs. Employee #2 was blown back onto the service rig floor and wellhead area. He had shrapnel wounds over his entire body and sustained nerve damage to a leg. Both employees were airlifted to a hospital. Employee #1 died upon arrival, and Employee #2 was treated and hospitalized until the next day. After he was released he required further medical treatment. The wire line was still energized from the prior logging activity and a check for the presence of electrical energy on the wire line was not conducted. This test would have shown electrical energy present on the wire line center conductor, and in all likelihood would have prevented the accident.
Keywords: well service rig, explosives, well, torso, perforating gun, oil well servicing, struck by, leg, oil well perforating, puncture
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308066174 Hospitalized injury Puncture Occupation not reported
2 308066174 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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