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Inspection: 314769852 - Hilcorp Energy, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 314769852Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 03/31/2011

Hilcorp Energy, Inc.
Off La 167 Between Lafayette And Maurice La
Lafayette, LA 70506
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
NAICS: 213111/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Mailing: 1201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/01/2011
Emphasis: L:Crane, L:OilgasClose Case:10/19/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102656394    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
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
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/01/2011 08/18/2011 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200556397Event: 03/31/2011Employee Is Struck And Killed When Piping Overpressurizes
On March 31, 2011, Employee #1 and a coworker were standing on the platform of a natural gas production well. Wire line service had been conducted in an attempt to recover a tool that had been lost in the well. The employees obtained permission from the employer to overflow the well to remove any debris. The coworker opened the choke valve on the well. The operating pressure on the well was around 8,000 psi. Once the choke valve was opened, the pressure flowed down the 3 in. production line. A valve on the 3 in. production line was in the "closed" position. Because of this valve being closed, the high-pressure built up in the 3 in. line and busted a 90 degree elbow on the line. Employee #1 was struck in the face and killed by the high-pressure release. The coworker suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms and hands and was admitted to a hospital.
Keywords: rigging, gas, explosion, high pressure pipe, struck by, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314769852 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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