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Accident: 200783090 - Three Employees Are Burned In Natural Gas Flash Fire

Accident: 200783090 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 04/09/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30748410504/13/20041389Signal Well Service
On April 9, 2004, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were plugging a well. They were working as part of a six-man crew. While they were plugging the well, natural gas from the well head reached an ignition source. A flash fire occurred and several explosions, where the fire reached pockets of gas. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized and treated for severe burns. The accident investigation attributed the flash fire and the follow-on explosions to the weather conditions, as well as static electricity produced from the transfer of raw petroleum from the well head to a tank truck through a rubber hose without ensuring grounding.
Keywords: burn, gas well, fire, ignition system, natural gas, gas, manual mat handling, gas well drilling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307484105 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 307484105 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 307484105 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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