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Inspection: 100026137 - Gerrity Oil And Gas Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Denver

Nr: 100026137Report ID: 0830500Open Date: 06/05/1991

Gerrity Oil And Gas Corporation
1/2 Mile S.W. Of 65th & 49th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1311/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
Mailing: 4100 E. Mississippi #1200, Denver, CO 80222

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/06/1991
Close Case:12/27/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,750
Current Penalty $1,050 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,050
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19101200 E01 11/25/1991 12/10/1991 $1,050 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 G01 11/25/1991 12/10/1991 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19101200 H 11/25/1991 12/10/1991 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19040002 A 11/25/1991 12/02/1991 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 930602Event: 06/03/1991Employee Killed When Struck By Pipe
Employee #1 and coworkers on site were replacing piping between the pressurized separator and the earthen overflow pit at an oil/gas well. The workers had already loosened a hammer union near ground level and removed that riser on the east side of the separator. Employee #1 went around to the west side of the tank and hit the hammer union at the top of the next piping to be removed. This union was directly above the tank and as he tapped it, the tank began to leak gas. Employee #1 immediately tapped it closed again. The coworkers did not know that there was a ruptured disk within this union and that it had been disturbed. Moments later the disk blew, the pipe threads sheared off, and a section of piping over 50 ft long struck Employee #1 in the head and killed him. The section of piping then flew 50 to 60 ft out into the field.
Keywords: head, maintenance, oil well drilling, equipment failure, rupture, pressure piping, pipe, struck by, flying object, gas well drilling
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 100026137 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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