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Accident: 59590.015 - One Employee Killed And One Seriously Burned In Flash Fire

Accident: 59590.015 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 03/15/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
963710.01503/17/2014Mesa Southern Well Servicing, Lp
At 8:15 a.m. on March 15, 2015, an employee was working on a battery to a circul ating pump that was located at a oil rig site. The tool being used was a standa rd wrench. Based on initial interviews, the employee was working on the battery to a circulating pump. The battery was approximately 20 feet away from six frac tanks. These tanks contained oil, water, and hydrocarbons that were floating on the water. The employees stated they saw gas vapors come from the hatch of one of the frac tanks and a short time later, a flash fire started from behind the t anks. Two employees were burned from the flash fire. Employee #1 received burns to his hands and elbows. Employee #2 received burns to his back, arms, face, h ands, and back of knee. One employee was killed. However, the report did not spe cify which employee was killed.
Keywords: burn, fire brigade/department, frac tank, natural gas, oil rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 963710.015 45 M Fatality Mechanical controls and valve repairers

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