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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 4 2 6
Initial Penalty $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $30,000
Current Penalty $6,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 06/03/1993 06/09/1993 $5,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 06/03/1993 06/15/1993 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 5A0001 06/03/1993 06/09/1993 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100120 Q01 06/03/1993 07/21/1993 $1,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 19100151 B 06/03/1993 07/21/1993 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01006 Other 19101200 H 06/03/1993 07/21/1993 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 552166 Event: 03/08/1993Employee Killed In Explosion And Fire At Oil Wellhead
Employee #1 and seven coworkers were engaged in a well circulation procedure in preparation for a Railroad Commission H-5 test. They had been pumping saltwater down the hole for approximately 10 minutes when petroleum fluids and gases began to leak from the blowout preventer. Employee #1 and three coworkers immediately attempted to close the blowout preventer ram blocks using a hand wheel. When this failed to stop the leak, a coworker went for a cheater pipe and Employee #1 went for a 36 in. pipe wrench to increase the leverage and pressure on the ram blocks to obtain a seal. To reach the wrench on the east side of the workover rig, he went downwind and was starting through the area of released gases when an explosion and fire occurred, engulfing Employee #1, a tanker transport truck, and the workover rig and well. He sustained third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body and was killed.
Keywords: leak, flammable vapors, explosion, blowout--oil well, combustible liquid, burn, fire, natural gas, oil well servicing, wellhead
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123417479 Occupation Not Listed

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