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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 114638034 - Enserch Exploration, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wyoming

Nr: 114638034Report ID: 0855610Open Date: 07/19/1994

Enserch Exploration, Inc.
Jd #8, Rig #16
Douglas, WY 82633
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1311/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
Mailing: 301 S. Harwood, Ste 760 West, Dallas, TX 75201

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/20/1994
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/19/1994
Emphasis: L:Oilserv

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,625
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,625 $0 $1,625
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01003 Other OS080003 M 09/08/1994 11/30/1994 $1,625 $1,625 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 755934Event: 07/18/1994Employee Dies In Gas Explosion
Employee #1, a production supervisor at a gas well site 68 miles NE of Douglas, WY, was allegedly told about a buildup of high pressure in the well. He asked a rig floorhand to accompany him to the treater building to reconfigure the valves. Employee #1 and the floorhand closed the valves on the blowdown line and the separator and opened the valve to the treater. They left the valve on the sales line closed. The two men then returned to the wellhead where Employee #1 instructed the operator to crack the valve to bleed off pressure. The heater treater was a low pressure vessel with a working pressure of 50 lb psig, and the pressure being bled off through it from the well casing amounted to 360 lb psig. When Employee #1 returned to the treater building shortly thereafter, an explosion occurred, killing him.
Keywords: explosion, high pressure, gas well drilling
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 114638034 Fatality Fracture Supervisors, extractive occupations

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