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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 552166 - Employee Killed In Explosion And Fire At Oil Wellhead

Accident: 552166 -- Report ID: 0627400 -- Event Date: 03/08/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12341747903/10/19931389Skeeter-Machen Well Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12341761003/11/19931389Weatherford Petco
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12341762803/11/19931311Amerada Hess
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12341760203/11/19931389Tst Parraffin Services Co., Inc.
Employee #1 and seven coworkers were engaged in a well circulation procedure in preparation for a Railroad Commission H-5 test. They had been pumping saltwater down the hole for approximately 10 minutes when petroleum fluids and gases began to leak from the blowout preventer. Employee #1 and three coworkers immediately attempted to close the blowout preventer ram blocks using a hand wheel. When this failed to stop the leak, a coworker went for a cheater pipe and Employee #1 went for a 36 in. pipe wrench to increase the leverage and pressure on the ram blocks to obtain a seal. To reach the wrench on the east side of the workover rig, he went downwind and was starting through the area of released gases when an explosion and fire occurred, engulfing Employee #1, a tanker transport truck, and the workover rig and well. He sustained third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body and was killed.
Keywords: leak, flammable vapors, explosion, blowout--oil well, combustible liquid, burn, fire, natural gas, oil well servicing, wellhead
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 123417479
2 123417610
3 123417628
4 123417602

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