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Accident: 68815.015 - Employee Is Struck By Gate Valve And Is Killed

Accident: 68815.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 10/21/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1005350.01510/23/2014Cyclone Drilling, Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1005719.01510/22/2014Wpx Energy Rocky Mountain Llc
At 7:00 p.m. on October 21, 2014, an employee was re-attaching a 2 inch high pressure flexible fill line hose to the unpressurized side of a gate valve, when the 2 inch gate valve separated from a 2 inch pipe nipple containing 2,800 pounds of drilling fluid . The pressurized gate valve struck the employee in the head and he was killed from his injuries. The pressurized side of the gate valve was 2,800 pounds. This gate valve weighed approximately 70 pounds. The gate valve was manufactured and tested in China to strict National Oilwell Varco (NOV) standards.
Keywords: struck by, head, pressure piping, accidental discharge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1005350.015 34 M Fatality Other Drillers, oil well
2 1005719.015 34 M Fatality Other Drillers, oil well

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