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Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 530858.015 - Elkhorn Construction Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 530858.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Elkhorn Construction Inc.
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: P.O. Box 809, Evanston, WY 82930

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Emphasis: L:OilgasClose Case:08/26/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident407450    
Case Status: CLOSED

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/19/2012 02/07/2013 $0 $7,000 $0 01/09/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 33816.015Event: 06/25/2012One Employee Is Killed And Two Employees Are Injured When A
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on June 25, 2012, an employee was at the side of the pig launcher. The process was to purge the line of carbon gas with nitrogen. The nitrogen was pumped by a rig used to frac wells. The pump truck was capable of creating pressures which were several times greater than the launcher was designed and built for. The employee had several responsibilities some of which were to check the joints of black pipe feeding the nitrogen. This entailed pouring soap water on the joints and check for bubbles. He was also responsible for watching the pressure gauges on the launcher, getting the line purged so the pigging operation could start, and opening and closing the ball valves in the line to provide for proper flow. He had just spoken to another employee while looking at the gauges on the launcher when the launcher ruptured. The ball valve leading to the 16-in. main line was not open. The pump truck had been pushing nitrogen into the small pig launcher instead of over three mile long pipeline. The gauges were not reading any pressure at all and when the pump truck kicked up the pressure, the launcher ruptured. The launcher was shot over 800 feet away. The main part of the vessel struck another employee killing him instantly. During the ILI inspection of gas pipeline a pig is used to clean, examine, and test the pipeline. The crew was using a Halliburton pumper truck used for fracing operations. The pumper was sending nitrogen down the line to purge the carbons. An error in valve positioning occurred when the ball valve was left closed to the main line. The pumper truck far exceeded the specs that the pig launcher was built to. The launcher ruptured and killed one while injuring two more employees.
Keywords: pipe, explosion, nitrogen, flying object, compressed gas, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 530858.015 Fatality Cut/Laceration

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 743801.015 - Mcclellan & Vick Consulting Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 743801.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Mcclellan & Vick Consulting Inc.
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: P.O. Box 2326, Farmington, NM 87499

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Emphasis: N:PetroClose Case:07/17/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident407450    
Case Status: CLOSED

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

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 01/16/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 531179.015 - Halliburton Energy Services

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 531179.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Halliburton Energy Services
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: 3199 D Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Emphasis: N:PetroClose Case:05/30/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident407450    
Case Status: CLOSED

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/19/2012 03/27/2014 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/14/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 33756.015Event: 06/25/2012Pumper Truck Ruptures And Kills Employee And Injures 2 Other
At 8:00 AM on June 25, 2012, a crew was conducting an ILI inspection of gas pipeline using a pig to clean, examine, and test the pipeline. The crew was using a Halliburton pumper truck used for fracking operations. The pumper was sending nitrogen down the line to purge the carbons. An error in valve positioning occurred when the ball valve was left closed to the main line. The pumper truck exceeded the specs that the pig launcher was built to. The employee had positioned his crew and made sure that the pump truck and tankers were all set and running. He went to the viciinity of the pig launcher. He felt he was given the go ahead to start pumping the nitrogen. He was also watching the gauges on the launcher. He spoke to another employee and saw no reading on the gauges. He started walking away from the launcher toward the gate leading out of the compound toward his black pipe and pumper. He came on the radiio and gave the operator instructions to increase the volume he was pumping. When the operator went from 3000 cfm to 5000 cfm as directed, the launcher ruptured due to the ball valve leading to the closed pipeline. The black 2" pipe supplying the nitrogen to the launcher, broke loose and swept into the employee's legs. The fllying parts of the steel piping to the pig launcher struck the employee.
Keywords: pipeline, pump, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 531179.015 Hospitalized injury Fracture

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 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 324199/All Other Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Mailing: 501 West Lake Blvd., Houston, TX 77079

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

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident407450    
Case Status: CLOSED

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

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 of a 16-in. gas line with nitrogen to purge the line and prepare to launch a smart pig. The employee was responsible for checking the two gauges installed on the 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 the 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 truck supervisor had walked away toward his truck and was struck in both legs by the black pipe, resulting in several operations and months off work. The supervisor 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 hospitalized for a lengthy period.
Keywords: rib, shoulder, struck by, compressed gas, flying object, leg, explosion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 521219.015 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain
2 521219.015 Fatality Cut/Laceration
3 521219.015 Hospitalized injury Other

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 531358.015 - Mbf Inspection Services Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 531358.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Mbf Inspection Services Inc
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: P.O.Box 2288, Roswell, NM 88202

Inspection Type:Prog Related
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Close Case:01/23/2013
Case Status: CLOSED

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/19/2012 02/05/2013 $0 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 33756.015Event: 06/25/2012Pumper Truck Ruptures And Kills Employee And Injures 2 Other
At 8:00 AM on June 25, 2012, a crew was conducting an ILI inspection of gas pipeline using a pig to clean, examine, and test the pipeline. The crew was using a Halliburton pumper truck used for fracking operations. The pumper was sending nitrogen down the line to purge the carbons. An error in valve positioning occurred when the ball valve was left closed to the main line. The pumper truck exceeded the specs that the pig launcher was built to. The employee had positioned his crew and made sure that the pump truck and tankers were all set and running. He went to the viciinity of the pig launcher. He felt he was given the go ahead to start pumping the nitrogen. He was also watching the gauges on the launcher. He spoke to another employee and saw no reading on the gauges. He started walking away from the launcher toward the gate leading out of the compound toward his black pipe and pumper. He came on the radiio and gave the operator instructions to increase the volume he was pumping. When the operator went from 3000 cfm to 5000 cfm as directed, the launcher ruptured due to the ball valve leading to the closed pipeline. The black 2" pipe supplying the nitrogen to the launcher, broke loose and swept into the employee's legs. The fllying parts of the steel piping to the pig launcher struck the employee.
Keywords: pipeline, pump, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 531358.015 Hospitalized injury Fracture

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 531038.015 - Crossfire Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Englewood

Nr: 531038.015Report ID: 0830600Open Date: 06/25/2012

Crossfire Llc
35191 Hwy 160
Bayfield, CO 81122
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 211111/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Mailing: P.O. Box 339, Ignacio, CO 81137

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/01/2012
Close Case:07/03/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident407450    
Case Status: CLOSED

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/19/2012 02/07/2013 $0 $7,000 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 33756.015Event: 06/25/2012Pumper Truck Ruptures And Kills Employee And Injures 2 Other
At 8:00 AM on June 25, 2012, a crew was conducting an ILI inspection of gas pipeline using a pig to clean, examine, and test the pipeline. The crew was using a Halliburton pumper truck used for fracking operations. The pumper was sending nitrogen down the line to purge the carbons. An error in valve positioning occurred when the ball valve was left closed to the main line. The pumper truck exceeded the specs that the pig launcher was built to. The employee had positioned his crew and made sure that the pump truck and tankers were all set and running. He went to the viciinity of the pig launcher. He felt he was given the go ahead to start pumping the nitrogen. He was also watching the gauges on the launcher. He spoke to another employee and saw no reading on the gauges. He started walking away from the launcher toward the gate leading out of the compound toward his black pipe and pumper. He came on the radiio and gave the operator instructions to increase the volume he was pumping. When the operator went from 3000 cfm to 5000 cfm as directed, the launcher ruptured due to the ball valve leading to the closed pipeline. The black 2" pipe supplying the nitrogen to the launcher, broke loose and swept into the employee's legs. The fllying parts of the steel piping to the pig launcher struck the employee.
Keywords: pipeline, pump, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 531038.015 Hospitalized injury Fracture

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