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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1319002.015 - Hydrocarbon Well Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 1319002.015Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 05/25/2018

Hydrocarbon Well Services, Inc.
125-145 Whitehair Lane
West Union, WV 26456
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
Mailing: 2934 Old Weston Road, Buckhannon, WV 26201

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/25/2018
Close Case:02/11/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1343099   Yes
 Referral1343099 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $25,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,868
Current Penalty $18,108 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,108
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100252 A03 I 11/20/2018 12/17/2018 $9,054 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19101200 H03 III 11/20/2018 12/17/2018 $9,054 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19101200 G08 11/20/2018 12/10/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002C Serious 19101200 E01 11/20/2018 12/17/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 108847.015Event: 05/25/2018Employee Is Fatally Burned When Tank Explodes
At approximately 10:00 a.m. or 10:05 a.m. on May 25, 2018, three employees were working at an oil and gas site. Three tanks were being decommissioned. They contained sludge that resulted from a mixture of oil remnant and gas condensate. The tanks were moved from the site to the bottom of a hill. There, a worker from a separate company cut open the tanks with an oxygen acetylene torch so that they could be cleaned. The third tank contained a leak along the bottom seam. Once it was at the bottom of the hill, the three employees, along with a second worker from the separate company, were working to contain the sludge that was escaping. Nearby, the worker with the torch was on the opposite side of the tank. He began to heat the tank with the torch. Flammable material, either liquid or vapor escaping from the leaking seam, ignited. An explosion occurred inside the tank. All three employees sustained thermal burns. Two of the employees sustained relatively minor burns. One employee sustained severe burns. He was flown to the hospital, where died on June 12, 2018.
Keywords: acetylene torch, tank, explosion, flammable liquid, gas, oil tank, leak, flammable vapors, fire, storage tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1319002.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation Not Listed

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