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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300515087 - Smith Oil Field & Environmental Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Fort Worth

Nr: 300515087Report ID: 0636900Open Date: 10/14/1997

Smith Oil Field & Environmental Services, Inc.
1905 Chico Highway
Bridgeport, TX 76426
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P.O. Box 562, Bridgeport, TX 76426

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/16/1997
Close Case:10/22/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200710325Event: 10/10/1997Employee Killed In Gas Well Blowout
Employee #1 and two coworkers were attempting to turn on a new natural gas well. They had installed a well head, heater, separator, and the other equipment necessary for the well operation. This was a high pressure well and the workers were using heavy schedule pipe to handle the extra pressure. The separator was tied-in and Employee #1 turned on the well. After approximately three minutes, the separator rupture disk blew and the separator tipped. The piping attached to the separator was blown away as the separator came apart. The workers were running for cover when Employee #1 was apparently struck by the separator piping and suffered chest, back, and head injuries. He was killed.
Keywords: gas well, unsecured, work rules, natural gas, high pressure, blowout--oil well, oil well servicing, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300515087 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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