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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1277368.015 - Precision Plugging & Sales Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Fairview Heights

Nr: 1277368.015Report ID: 0524530Open Date: 11/14/2017

Precision Plugging & Sales Inc.
County Road 1830 Northem Fenton #9 Well
Crossville, IL 62827
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
Mailing: 3978 N Elmdale Rd, Olney, IL 62450

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/14/2017
Close Case:12/17/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1284123 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $27,161 $0 $0 $0 $0 $27,161
Current Penalty $20,240 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,240
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 05/14/2018 06/08/2018 $10,993 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100038 B 05/14/2018 $4,203 $6,467 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100039 A 05/14/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100151 B 05/14/2018 06/29/2018 $2,522 $3,880 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100157 G01 05/14/2018 06/29/2018 $2,522 $3,880 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 100750.015Event: 11/14/2017Employee Is Killed When A Gas Flare Up Caused An Explosion
At 12:30 p.m. on November 14, 2017, a 3 person crew was returning the well to service following repairs to a wellbore casing nipple that was performed by a welding contractor. A welding contractor repaired a crack on the casing nipple of the oil well and then departed. The three person crew had set a "packer" on the oil well to prevent oil and hydrogen sulfide from escaping. Thirty barrels of salt water was inserted on top of the packer. After the crew pulled the "packer" out, oil and gas started discharging from the well. At that time, hydrogen sulfide monitors located in a portable steel structure used for tools, as a lunchroom, and as an office & referred to as the Doghouse were activated and an alarm was triggered. The "Doghouse" was located approximately 60 feet from the well. The crew realized there was a propane heater with a pilot light burning in the Doghouse. One of the employees ran to turn off the propane tank outside the structure while another ran inside the Doghouse. The wind blew the hydrogen sulfide into the Doghouse which found an ignition source, presumably the pilot light, and a fire erupted. The employee was wearing flame retardant clothing; However, due to the intensity of the fire, it did not prevent injury. The employee died November 16, 2017, as a result of burn injuries.
Keywords: propane, fire, hydrogen sulfide, oil well servicing, explosion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1277368.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat)

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