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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 307708479 - Tetra Applied Technologies, Lp

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 307708479Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 07/16/2004

Tetra Applied Technologies, Lp
Novian, A.F.Gas Unit #1, Well No.2, Id No.179128
Edna, TX 77957
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
Mailing: P.O. Box 73087, Houston, TX 77273

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/17/2004
Emphasis: L:OilgasClose Case:07/27/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,600
Current Penalty $4,725 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,725
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 11/04/2004 11/15/2004 $4,725 $6,300 $0 12/23/2004 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 11/04/2004 11/10/2004 $0 $6,300 $0 12/23/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200211464Event: 07/16/2004High-Pressure Gas Release Kills Employee
On July 16, 2004, three employees were removing the assembly of fittings and valves (Christmas tree) on the top of the casing from a non-productive gas well. The gas well was to be plugged and abandoned. During the loosening of jammed nuts on the bottom flange, high-pressure gas from within the casing escaped through the flange on the Christmas tree. When the gas pressure vented, it struck one employee on the forehead and fatally injured him.
Keywords: dismantling, gas well, venting, work rules, forehead, gas, high pressure, struck by, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307708479 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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