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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302388517 - C & W Construction

Inspection Information - Office: Oklahoma City

Nr: 302388517Report ID: 0627700Open Date: 03/14/2000

C & W Construction
15 Miles North, .25 Miles East
Shattuck, OK 73858
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: Po Box 784, Beaver, OK 73932

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/15/2000
Close Case:02/12/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $2,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,250
Current Penalty $2,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/30/2000 09/12/2000 $750 $750 $0 10/02/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100106 B06 08/30/2000 09/07/2000 $750 $750 $0 10/02/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19101200 E01 08/30/2000 10/02/2000 $750 $750 $0 10/02/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19101200 G01 08/30/2000 10/02/2000 $0 $0 $0 10/02/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01003C Serious 19101200 H01 08/30/2000 10/02/2000 $0 $0 $0 10/02/2000 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200641314Event: 03/13/2000Employee Killed In Frac Tank Explosion
At 8:30 p.m., Employee #1 was on top of frac tank C11, one of three tanks at the well site. He was checking the contents of the tank, which was used to receive flow from the natural gas well that they had been swabbing during the day. Employee #1, who was the only worker on site at that time, had been directed to fill the first two tanks with water, shut down the pumps, and go home. He had not been instructed to do anything with the last of the three tanks. He was apparently trying to gauge the contents of the tank, using a cigarette lighter as a light source. The tank erupted in a flash fire that burned Employee #1's upper body and blew him 30 ft off the tank. He was killed instantly. Employee #1 was a two-packs-a-day smoker and had worked in the oil field for several years with various companies in the area.
Keywords: burn, gas well, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, frac tank, natural gas, explosion, smoking, oil well servicing
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302388517 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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