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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 3358371 - Updike Bros. Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wyoming

Nr: 3358371Report ID: 0855610Open Date: 07/18/1985

Updike Bros. Inc.
Rig 69
Daniel, WY 83115
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1389/Oil and Gas Field Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P.O. Box 610, Newcastle, WY 82701

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/19/1985
Emphasis: L:OilservClose Case:08/15/1985

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360607782    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 733535Event: 07/05/1985Pressured Gas Well Exploded
ON JULY 5, 1985, WORKERS HAD SET UP THEIR OIL SERVICE RIG TO REMOVE A HIGH PRESSURE GAS WELL'S CHRISTMAS TREE SO THAT A BLOWOUT PREVENTER COULD BE INSTALLED. THE WELL HAD NOT BEEN PRODUCING BECAUSE OF AN UNKNOWN OBSTRUCTION. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, EMPLOYEE #1, THE RIG OPERATOR, WAS MANEUVERING THE CONTROLS TO RAISE THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE NEXT TO THE TREE REMOVING THE RETAINING BOLTS. THE WELL WAS SUBJECTED TO A PRESSURE OF 5000 PSI FROM NATURAL, UNDERGROUND SOURCES. WHEN THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THE ATTACHED PRODUCTION TUBING WAS RAISED, THE TUBING SEPARATED DOWN HOLE. PART OF THE TUBING AND THE TREE WERE HURLED UP INTO THE RIG AND A SPARK IGNITED THE GAS. EMPLOYEE #1, THE RIG OPERATOR, DIED 12 DAYS LATER AS A RESULT OF BURNS SUFFERED DURING THE FIRE.
Keywords: gas well, explosion, spark, burn, fire, gas, oil rig
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 3358371 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Drillers, oil well

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