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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 2399343 - Operators, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: New Mexico

Nr: 2399343Report ID: 0653510Open Date: 01/15/1988

Operators, Inc.
T 30 N, R 10 W, Sec. 27 - Bonnie Rock
Farmington, NM 87401
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1311/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
Mailing: P. O. Box 3948, Englewood, CO 80111

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/21/1988
Close Case:04/07/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360248181    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14301717Event: 01/14/1988Employee Killed When Piece Of Exploding Container Hit Him
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING ALONE, ATTEMPTING TO THAW A FROZEN GAS FLOWLINE BY INJECTING LIQUID METHANOL INTO THE LINE. A JOB MADE CONTAINER OF APPROXIMATELY 8 GALLONS WAS PLACED ON A STAND IN FRONT OF THE WELLHEAD AND CONNECTED BY COPPER TUBING TO THE FLOWLINE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING APPROXIMATELY 3 FEET IN FRONT OF THE CONTAINER. PRESUMABLY, HE WAS ADJUSTING THE VALVES WHEN THE END OF THE CONTAINER BLEW OFF AND STRUCK HIM IN THE HEAD. THE TOP PART OF HIS HEAD WAS SEVERED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS NOT WEARING A PROTECTIVE HELMET. THE CONTAINER WHICH RUPTURED WAS NOT DESIGNED OR CONSTRUCTED FOR PRESSURIZATION.
Keywords: head, methyl alcohol, gas well, work rules, rupture, explosion, high pressure, struck by, flying object, frozen
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 2399343 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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