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Accident: 54046.015 - Employee Is Struck By Pressurized Steel Pipe And Is Killed

Accident: 54046.015 -- Report ID: 0627510 -- Event Date: 10/29/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
945489.01510/30/2013Key Energy Services Inc.
At 1:00 p.m. on October 29, 2013, Employee #1 was working on a work over oil rig , removing the first joint of tubing. The work over rig was cleaning out the wel l to plug back a total depth of 3,395 feet. The rig had pumped the hole with san d and 7 barrels of clay stabilizer. Employee #1 was standing on the work platfor m near a pressurized pipe that was draining the sand and water from the well int o the mud pit. The solid steel pipe that was being used measured 17 feet and was tethered or hobbled to a pin measuring two feet that was stuck into the wet san d near the mud pit. The end of the pipe had a ninety degree fitting pointing do wn into the sand, but did not have sufficient means to hold the pipe down. Due to an increase of pressure, the pipe rose out of the ground with enough force th at it struck Employee #1 in the back of the head, killing him.
Keywords: digger/derrick, elevated work platform, flowing material, head, oil well drilling/servicing, oil well servicing, pressure piping, sand, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 945489.015 39 M Fatality Drillers, oil well

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