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Inspection: 313151029 - Chipco, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Columbus

Nr: 313151029Report ID: 0522500Open Date: 09/11/2009

Chipco, Llc
Skullfork Rd And Ginger Rd
Londonderry, OH 45647
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
NAICS: 213111/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Mailing: 2805 Marlo Drive, Zanesville, OH 43701

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/11/2009
Close Case:02/19/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100753474    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 2 9
Current Violations 8 1 9
Initial Penalty $39,600 $126,000 $0 $0 $0 $165,600
Current Penalty $20,860 $37,100 $0 $0 $0 $57,960
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100133 A01 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100134 C01 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100145 C02 I 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $630 $1,800 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100151 B 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19101200 E01 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Serious 19101200 G01 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007A Serious 19101200 H02 II 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $2,205 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01007B Serious 19101200 H03 I 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 02001A Willful 19100134 D01 III 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $37,100 $63,000 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 02001B Willful 19100134 D02 I 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 02001C Willful 19101000 B02 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 02001D Willful 19101000 E 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 02002A Serious 19100134 G03 III 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $7,000 $63,000 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 02002B Serious 19100134 G03 VIA 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 02002C Serious 19100134 G03 VIB 03/09/2010 03/16/2010 $0 $0 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200758878Event: 09/10/2009One Employee Is Killed, Four Injured By Hydrogen Sulfide Gas
On September 10, 2009, five employees were working on the site of a nonproductive natural gas well, for Chipco, LLC, a gas well service company. The well was being plugged and abandoned, and the materials were to be salvaged. Water was being poured into the well. The water circulated, rose to the top, and flowed into a trench and pit which had been dug for this purpose. The pit liner started to slide into the pit. Employee #1 ran over to pull it back up and secure to the side of the pit. A pocket of hydrogen sulfide released from the top of the pipe. Employee #1 was asphyxiated and died. A coworker working nearby was asphyxiated but was not killed. Three other employees ran to the site but were unable to assist because they became incapacitated by the gas. Employee #2 was hospitalized for asphyxiation. Employees #3, 4 and 5 were not hospitalized. The owner of Chipco, LLC was aware of the presence of hydrogen sulfide at this particular well site. He had completed a walk thru inspection of the site with the previous owner, Northcoast Energy, prior to start of work. He had been informed by the representative of Northcoast Energy that this well was being capped due to it containing hydrogen sulfide. He also observed corrosion around the well head which is an indicator of hydrogen sulfide. He did not provide any type of personal or area air monitoring of the site on the day of the incident. The employees were not provided with escape type respirators. Signs were not posted on the site to indicate the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas.
Keywords: asphyxiated, hydrogen sulfide, well, natural gas, gas
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313151029 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction
2 313151029 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction
3 313151029 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction
4 313151029 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction
5 313151029 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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