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Accident: 918755 - One Employee Is Killed, One Is Injured When Flange Blows

Accident: 918755 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 12/03/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31132307512/04/20071381Gene D. Yost & Son, Inc.
On December 3, 2007, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were beneath a rig platform removing a blowout preventer flange. It was connected to a shutoff valve of a recently dug natural gas well head. They were utilizing two chain wrenches to unscrew the flange from atop of the valve when the valve separated from the well head. The flange struck and flung them 60 ft into the air. Employee #1 came to rest approximately 30 to 40 ft from the gas well rig and was killed. Employee #2 was hospitalized with bruises and contusions.
Keywords: chest, air pressure, fracture, gas well, well, valve, struck by, flying object, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311323075 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators
2 311323075 Fatality Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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