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Inspection: 110345048 - Paw Drilling & Well Service

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 110345048Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 06/01/1994

Paw Drilling & Well Service
22 Miles S. Of Jennings, La. & Andrus Cove
Jennings, LA 70546
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 101 Gilbert Rd., Lafayette, LA 70501

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/09/1994
Close Case:06/09/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170080022Event: 05/31/1994Two Killed, Two Injured In Premature Dynamite Explosion
At 9:00 a.m. on May 31, 1994, a four-man crew was preparing to dynamite a dead gas well to salvage the tubing. The dynamite exploded prematurely approximately 2 feet below the crew standing on the platform of the rig. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were thrown 17 feet and 6 feet, respectively, from the platform and were killed. Employee #3 remained on the platform, but lost both legs. Employee #4 was thrown 2 feet from the platform and lost one leg. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Weather may be a factor; there were lightning storms that morning. The foreman was a licensed blaster with years of experience.
Keywords: gas well, lightning, explosion, gas well drilling, platform, dynamite
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 110345048 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 110345048 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported
3 110345048 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported
4 110345048 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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