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Inspection: 302103064 - Quality Controls & Equipment Inc Rig Number 5

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 302103064Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 11/19/1999

Quality Controls & Equipment Inc Rig Number 5
5151 Highway 35 North
Rockport, TX 78382
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 4654 Baldwin Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78408

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/19/1999
Emphasis: L:OilgasClose Case:08/12/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $6,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,450
Current Penalty $6,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 05/17/2000 05/21/2000 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 05/17/2000 05/21/2000 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 5A0001 05/17/2000 05/21/2000 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  4. 01004 Serious 19100027 D05 05/17/2000 05/21/2000 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  5. 01005 Serious 19100151 B 05/17/2000 06/04/2000 $450 $450 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200210813Event: 11/17/1999Employees Burned When Natural Gas From A Well Ignites
On November 17, 1999, Employee #1 and two other employees were extracting natural gases from a well. Employee #1 did not bring a drilling mud circulating tank to the jobsite and consequently had no way to circulate the contents at the bottom of the well in order to clear the well of all pockets of natural gas. He then removed the polished rod and then installed the rod blowout preventer and removed sixteen pieces of three 25 ft sections of sucker rods from the pumping well which were hung from the hanger at the rod basket in the derrick. The rod basket was located approximately 80 ft above ground level. The pipe racking board was located 57.5 ft above ground level. After these sucker rods were removed, Employee #1 detached the rod blowout preventer. He then disconnected the top flange on the "B1" Section of the wellbore sending natural gas and light weight crude oil approximately 15 ft into the air. The other employees were in the process of reconnecting the "B1" Section to the tree (i.e., wellbore), when the volatile gas and vapors ignited severely burning all three employees. The employees were hospitalized to receive treatment for burns to multiple regions of their arms.
Keywords: burn, gas well, flammable vapors, gas, drill rig--non-oil, arm
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302103064 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 302103064 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 302103064 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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