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Accident: 92163.015 - Employee Is Overcome By Well Oil And Gas Extraction Gases

Accident: 92163.015 -- Report ID: 0627500 -- Event Date: 01/09/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1202829.01501/12/2017Kinder Morgan Production Company, Llc
At 9:45 a.m. on January 9, 2017, an employee was working for a firm engaged in c rude petroleum and natural gas extraction. He was testing the level in a well th rough the use of an "EKO gun." The employee connected the EKO gun to shoot the l evel ("check the well level"). When he cranked a two-section ball valve, a few t hreads slipped out. The valve split open and sprayed gas onto the employee. The well gases included hydrogen sulfide, methane, and so forth. The employee was ov ercome by the gases, but he was not suffocated. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: gas well, gas well drilling, hydrogen sulfide, methane, oil well drilling, oil well drilling/servicing, oil well servicing, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1202829.015 32 M Hospitalized injury Meter readers

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