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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 100026525 - Veco Drilling, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Denver

Nr: 100026525Report ID: 0830500Open Date: 08/07/1991

Veco Drilling, Inc.
East Of Wcr Rd. 29, & Hwy 85
Gilcrest, CO 80623
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Mailing: 785 22 Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81502

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/17/1992
Close Case:03/06/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 5A0001 01/28/1992 02/28/1992 $2,250 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 5A0001 01/28/1992 02/28/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001 Other 19101200 E01 01/28/1992 02/28/1992 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 930651Event: 08/06/1991Four Employees Burned By Natural Gas Flash Fire
Employees #1 through #5 were members of a rig crew that had just come out of the hole to add a section of pipe when they experienced a kick. Natural gas began spewing from the well and up through the rig floor. When they attempted to close in the well using the provided Hydril blowout prevention, the unit failed to close fully and gas continued to accumulate in the area and eventually ignited. The resulting flash fire caused serious burns to Employees #1, #2, #3, and #5. The employees had not had blowout protection classes and had not been trained in appropriate inspection, maintenance, and testing procedures for the Hydril. The Hydril was not tested either upon installation on the well or upon the occurrence of a round trip the previous day.
Keywords: equipment failure, inexperience, blowout--oil well, gas well drilling, untrained, burn, flammable liquid, fire, natural gas
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 100026525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 100026525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 100026525 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 100026525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 100026525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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