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Inspection: 109065292 - Texaco Exploration & Production, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Oklahoma City

Nr: 109065292Report ID: 0627700Open Date: 02/02/1995

Texaco Exploration & Production, Inc.
1 Mile West On Old Hwy 7
Velma, OK 73091
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1321/Natural Gas Liquids
Mailing: Po Box 610, Velma, OK 73091

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/01/1995
Close Case:09/19/1995

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361121940    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
Current Penalty $8,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C07 I 08/01/1995 08/05/1995 $0 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 C05 I 08/01/1995 08/05/1995 $3,500 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100147 E02 I 08/01/1995 08/05/1995 $5,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 774612Event: 02/01/1995Employee Killed By Flying Pressure Vessel Valve Cover
A non-fired pressure vessel was brought back on line after it was cleaned and a new filter was installed. Employee #1 was operating the valves when a problem with one of the valves occurred. He moved to the front of the vessel. A coworker, another of the maintenance personnel, was opening the valve. As the pressure was nearing the operating pressure of 750 psi, Employee #1 noticed a leak around the cover and gave the coworker a signal to shut off the valve. The cover blew off, apparently striking Employee #1 near the lower left rib cage and knocking him approximately 65 ft before his body came to rest. His head was fractured and he was killed. The cover traveled some 45 ft, struck another vessel, and ricocheted another 65 ft before striking another vessel and coming to rest. The force of the fluid removed all of Employee #1's clothing. Oil and gas covered the coworker beside the vessel but he was not injured. A 60 ft radius around the vessel was also covered with oil.
Keywords: fracture, head, oil well drilling, high pressure, valve, struck by, flying object, gas well drilling, mech malfunction, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 109065292 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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