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Inspection: 125763474 - Occidental Of Elk Hills, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca North

Nr: 125763474Report ID: 0950663Open Date: 02/07/2007

Occidental Of Elk Hills, Inc.
28590 Hwy 119
Tupman, CA 93276
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7363/Help Supply Services
NAICS: 561320/Temporary Help Services
Mailing: P.O. Box 1001, Tupman, CA 93276

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/11/2007
Close Case:06/29/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101484624    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 1 6
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $63,555 $0 $0 $375 $0 $63,930
Current Penalty $35,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $35,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 6533 B 06/18/2007 07/21/2007 $0 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 3329 B 06/18/2007 06/28/2007 $0 $20,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 03001 Serious 6533 B 06/18/2007 06/28/2007 $0 $8,435 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 6533 A 06/18/2007 06/28/2007 $35,000 $8,435 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 5. 05001 Serious 6533 B 06/18/2007 06/28/2007 $0 $8,435 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 6. 06001 Serious 6533 B 06/18/2007 06/28/2007 $0 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201489499Event: 02/06/2007Employee Is Burned In Gas Line Explosion
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on February 6th, 2007, Employee #1 and a coworker were in a work-site trailer approximately 200 ft from the high pressure 24-inch diameter natural gas line. The accident involved the uncontrolled release of natural gas from a high pressure 24-in. diameter pipe line. Both employees heard a load noise and rumbling inside their work site trailer. For approximately 5 minutes the employees sheltered in place wondering about the origin of the tremendous noise and shaking. The location of the pipeline breach was in sector R-36 near sample points V-43. The high pressure 24-inch diameter pipeline release attained a high of over 400 ft. An enormous explosion ensued when the vapor cloud contacted an arcing high voltage line. The fire and pressure wave from the gas explosion pushed out windows and sent Employee #1 and the coworker to the walls of the work trailer. The work trailer caught on fire. Employee #1 and his coworker evacuated the trailer after the explosion and walked in a direction away from the fire. Both employees' clothing caught fire as they left the accident scene. Employee #1 and his coworker suffered second-degree burns on their back and neck. Employee #1 was hospitalized but the injury line of the original report makes no mention of the coworker.
Keywords: burn, leak, fire, back, explosion, pipeline, gas leak, neck
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125763474 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, general office

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