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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119624179 - Air Comp Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 119624179Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 07/19/2003

Air Comp Llc
Nabors Rig #476
Geyserville, CA 95541
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4961/Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply
NAICS: 221330/Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply
Mailing: 37 South University Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/31/2003
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/24/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361600174    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $3,915 $0 $0 $410 $0 $4,325
Current Penalty $3,915 $0 $0 $410 $0 $4,325
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B 12/31/2003 01/06/2004 $410 $410 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 23950083 A03 12/31/2003 01/06/2004 $2,475 $2,475 $0 -
  3. 03001 Serious 3328 A 12/31/2003 01/06/2004 $1,440 $1,440 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170838775Event: 07/19/2003Employee Dies In Explosion
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on July 19, 2003, Employee #1, a new employee, was operating trailer-mounted mobile equipment to supply compressed air to a steam well drilling rig. The equipment was manufactured by Air Comp, LLC, an Allis-Chalmers/M-1 Company. As he attempted to divert oil and water contaminated air from a filter chamber into a 350-gallon disposal holding tank, provided by Cal-Pine, the disposal tank became pressurized and exploded. Large parts of the tank became airborne, striking Employee #1. He was hospitalized and pronounced dead due to injuries sustained. A detailed investigation revealed that two venting plugs, located on the tank, were not removed, causing pressurization of the tank and eventual explosion.
Keywords: pressure vessel, venting, explosion, struck by, tank, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119624179 Fatality Amputation Machinery maintenance occupations

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