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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001A Serious 19260021 B02 09/24/2003 09/29/2003 $0 $1,500 $0 10/16/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 H02 II 09/24/2003 10/18/2004 $1,500 $0 $0 10/16/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19260152 I06 09/24/2003 10/18/2004 $1,500 $1,500 $0 10/16/2003 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01003A Serious 19260352 I 09/24/2003 09/29/2003 $0 $1,500 $0 10/16/2003 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01003B Serious 19260352 J 09/24/2003 09/29/2003 $0 $0 $0 10/16/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201572526 Event: 03/31/2003Employee Killed When Tank Explodes
On March 31, 2003, Employee #1, a roustabout; Employee #2, a welder; and Employees #3 and #4, also roustabouts; were installing anchor brackets at several locations around the circumference of the base of the additional oil tank, which was part of a battery of tanks. Prior to welding on the anchor brackets, the additional steel tank had been connected to several pipelines that were already installed and connected to the three existing crude oil tanks. When welding was nearly completed on the second anchor bracket, an explosion occurred, which launched the tank approximately 15 feet vertically. At the time of the explosion, Employee #2, the welder, and Employees #1 and #3 were immediately adjacent to the tank. Employee #4 was outside the containment berm for the tank battery. Employee #1 suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Employees #2 and #3, positioned adjacent to the tank, were hospitalized with serious injuries. Employee #4, positioned outside the containment berm, was hospitalized, treated and released.
Keywords: welder, explosion, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306372442 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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