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Inspection: 305651465 - Merit Energy Company

Inspection Information - Office: Wyoming

Nr: 305651465Report ID: 0855610Open Date: 12/19/2002

Merit Energy Company
2553 Hamilton Dome Road
Hamilton Dome, WY 82427
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1311/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: 13727 Noel Road Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75240

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/20/2002
Close Case:03/20/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100980606    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 4 9
Current Violations 5 4 9
Initial Penalty $8,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,250
Current Penalty $6,187 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,187
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100106 D02 III 02/04/2003 02/15/2003 $843 $1,125 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100106 E02 IVC 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $1,407 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100147 C04 I 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $1,406 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100212 A01 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $1,125 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100303 G02 I 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $1,406 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001 Other 19100169 B03 IV 01/17/2003 02/17/2003 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 02002 Other 19100303 F 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $0 $0 $0 -
  8. 02003 Other 19100304 E01 VIB 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $0 $0 $0 -
  9. 02004 Other 19100305 B02 01/15/2003 02/15/2003 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200980316Event: 12/18/2002Employee Killed When Struck By Piece Of Compressor
On December 18, 2002, Employee #1 was working alone. The tasks at hand included servicing a compressor air system with methanol (used as an air line antifreeze). Employee #1 had performed these tasks many times over the years. Though the exact sequence of events just prior to the incident was not known, the compressor came apart with explosive force. The debris from the failing compressor struck Employee #1, killing him. A coworker found Employee #1 dead about 45 minutes after the last radio communication made from him.
Keywords: compressor, struck by, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305651465 Fatality Puncture Machinery maintenance occupations

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