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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 521219.015 - Bp America Production Company

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 521219.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Bp America Production Company
35191 Hwy 160null
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 324199/All Other Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Mailing: 501 West Lake Blvd.Null, Houston, TX 77079

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Emphasis: N:Petro, L:OilgasClose Case:03/05/2013

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Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/19/2012 02/07/2013 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 33536.015Event: 06/25/2012One Employee Is Killed And Two Employees Are Injured When A
On June 25, 2012, an employee was in charge of setting the valves for a pipeline pigging operations. The crew was filling a pig launcher and over three miles o f a 16-in. gas line with nitrogen to purge the line and prepare to launch a smar t pig. The employee was responsible for checking the two gauges installed on th e launcher and for checking for leaks in the pipe supplying the nitrogen to the launcher. No one ever saw the gauges move. The ball valve leading to the pipe was not opened. No one watched the gauges continuously and no one saw them top out and fail. The pump truck supplying the nitrogen to purge the line was of a capacity which could frac wells miles deep. The supervisor for the truck had th e truck pumping for a couple of minutes at 3000 cfm. The truck then stalled and had to be restarted. A quick glance at the gauges seemed to still read 0. The supervisor gave a signal and had the operator kick the pressure up to 5000 cfm. The pig launcher ruptured and sent most of the launcher about 900 feet away. The employee was struck on the upper body and was killed instantly. The pump tr uck supervisor had walked away toward his truck and was struck in both legs by t he black pipe, resulting in several operations and months off work. The supervi sor for the crew there to load the pigs was helping in the sniffing of the lines and was also struck resulting in broken jaw, shoulder, ribs, and was hospitaliz ed for a lengthy period.
Keywords: compressed gas, explosion, flying object, leg, rib, shoulder, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 521219.015 Hospitalized injury
2 521219.015 Fatality
3 521219.015 Hospitalized injury

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