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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1261139.015 - Azteca Fabrication

Inspection Information - Office: New Mexico

Nr: 1261139.015Report ID: 0653510Open Date: 09/01/2017

Azteca Fabrication
Forehand Ranch 22 State #8h And #9h
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 333992/Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturing
Mailing: 201 N Ruth St, Monahans, TX 79756

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/26/2018
Close Case:06/14/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1260055 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $100 $0 $12,100
Current Penalty $9,600 $0 $0 $80 $0 $9,680
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260152 I06 02/28/2018 03/06/2018 $4,800 $6,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260152 I07 I 02/28/2018 03/06/2018 $4,800 $6,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 19040040 A 02/28/2018 03/06/2018 $80 $100 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 98739.015Event: 09/01/2017Three Employees Are Killed When Oil Tank Explodes
At 10:45 a.m. on September 1, 2017, three workers were sent to inspect and possibly repair a weld on a metal tank used to hold crude oil. The oil had been removed from the tank two days prior but had not been cleaned. Two of the workers were preparing to repair the weld using an arc welder. The exact cause of the explosion is unknown but it is likely that the arc from the welder ignited the crude oil vapor still in the tank. All three workers were completely burned and killed in the explosion.
Keywords: vapor, oil well drilling/servicing, oil tank, explosion, welding
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1261139.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
2 1261139.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
3 1261139.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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