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Inspection: 312156482 - Roberto Clemente Vargas Dba Rcs Company

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 312156482Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 06/26/2008

Roberto Clemente Vargas Dba Rcs Company
1421 Mobil Rd
Vanderbilt, TX 77991
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1795/Wrecking and Demolition Work
NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors
Mailing: Po Box 10970, Midland, TX 79702

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/01/2008
Emphasis: S:Commercial Constr, S:Powered Ind VehicleClose Case:10/01/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $3,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,900
Current Penalty $1,950 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,950
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100178 L06 11/26/2008 01/08/2009 $225 $450 $0 12/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260095 A 11/26/2008 12/05/2008 $750 $1,500 $0 12/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260150 A01 11/26/2008 12/16/2008 $225 $450 $0 12/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004A Serious 19260352 I 11/26/2008 12/05/2008 $750 $1,500 $0 12/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01004B Serious 19260850 E 11/26/2008 12/05/2008 $0 $0 $0 12/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200212421Event: 06/26/2008Two Employees Are Injured, One Is Killed In Gas Explosion
On June 26, 2008, Employee #1, #2, and #3, a sub-contracted crew of welders, were dismantling piping at an oilfield gas processing plant, which had been shut down for several years. They were removing valves from around a bank of heat exchangers to recover them for scrap. They were not wearing flame resistant clothing and had no written demolition plan. Using a wand torch with propane/oxygen, they made cuts to ventilate the 10-inch piping. When a lower cut was made, trapped residual natural gas liquids sprayed out, coating them and ignited. They were immersed in a fireball and were severely burned. Employee #1 and #2 were hospitalized with burns, and Employee #3 died.
Keywords: burn, ppe, fire, ignition system, welder, natural gas, explosion, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312156482 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
2 312156482 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
3 312156482 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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