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Inspection: 313028375 - Island Operating Co

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 313028375Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 01/13/2010

Island Operating Co
East Cameron #2, Gulf Of Mexico
Cameron, LA 70631
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining
NAICS: 324110/Petroleum Refineries
Mailing: Po Box 61850, Lafayette, LA 70596

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/01/2010
Emphasis: L:Oilgas, N:RefineryClose Case:12/09/2010

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 $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19100119 H03 III 07/08/2010 07/27/2010 $0 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100119 H03 IV 07/08/2010 07/27/2010 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200555969Event: 01/13/2010One Employee Dies And Two Survived After Cold Water Exposure
On January 13, 2010, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were working on an oil-rig production platform when a fire and explosion occurred. The fire and explosion resulted from a release of natural gas from the 3-inch diameter gas sales line that was located on the main (top) deck of the platform. The line had developed ice plugs in it, causing natural gas to collect near draft burners that were also on the main deck. This provided an ignition source, which led to the fire and ultimate explosion. All three men jumped off the platform into the cold water of the Gulf, where they waited for rescue. A rescue boat arrived approximately 1.5 to 2-hours later. Employees #1, #2, and #3 all experienced hypothermia due to the low water temperatures, combined with the length of time in the water. However, Employee #1 died, while Employees #2 and #3 survived. Both Employee #2 and #3 were hospitalized and treated for their injuries.
Keywords: fire, ignition system, natural gas, explosion, oil rig, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313028375 Fatality Freezing/Frost Bite Miscellaneous plant and system operators
2 313028375 Hospitalized injury Freezing/Frost Bite Miscellaneous plant and system operators
3 313028375 Hospitalized injury Freezing/Frost Bite Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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