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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1394409.015 - Stellar Field Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Bismarck

Nr: 1394409.015Report ID: 0830300Open Date: 02/15/2019

Stellar Field Service, Inc.
5307 151st Avenue Nwnull
Williston, ND 58801
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
Mailing: 5074 Jackie Avenuenull, Williston, ND 58801

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/15/2019
Emphasis: L:OilgasClose Case:09/17/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1426554 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $9,282 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,282
Current Penalty $5,569 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,569
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100110 C05 I J 08/05/2019 08/09/2019 $5,569 $9,282 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 H02 II 08/05/2019 08/09/2019 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19101200 H03 I 08/05/2019 08/09/2019 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 115513.015Event: 02/13/2019Two Employees Are Injured When Vacuum Trailer Explodes
At 11:30 a.m. on February 13, 2019, Employee # 1 was using a propane torch (weed burner) to thaw a discharge valve on a vacuum trailer that had been frozen clos ed. The trailer had previously been used to haul production water (brine water). Employee #2 was working nearby. After applying the open flame to the valve fo r approximately 30 seconds the tank exploded. The explosion was presumably the r esult of over pressurization of the cargo tank as a result of the ignition of hy drocarbon vapors or gases that had remained in the tank after the last load of p roduction water had been emptied at a disposal site. Employee # 1 sustained burn s, bone fractures, and was struck by shrapnel. He was hospitalized at a burn tre atment center. Employee # 2 was struck by shrapnel. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, chemical vapor, explosion, flammable vapors, fracture, frozen, gas, high pressure, open flame, propane, propane torch, shrapnel, trailer, valve, vapor, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1394409.015 Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, heavy
2 1394409.015 Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, heavy

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