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Accident: 200710325 - Employee Killed In Gas Well Blowout

Accident: 200710325 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 10/10/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30051508710/14/19971389Smith Oil Field & Environmental Services, Inc.
Employee #1 and two coworkers were attempting to turn on a new natural gas well. They had installed a well head, heater, separator, and the other equipment necessary for the well operation. This was a high pressure well and the workers were using heavy schedule pipe to handle the extra pressure. The separator was tied-in and Employee #1 turned on the well. After approximately three minutes, the separator rupture disk blew and the separator tipped. The piping attached to the separator was blown away as the separator came apart. The workers were running for cover when Employee #1 was apparently struck by the separator piping and suffered chest, back, and head injuries. He was killed.
Keywords: gas well, unsecured, work rules, natural gas, high pressure, blowout--oil well, oil well servicing, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300515087 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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