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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 550900.015 - L-Con, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 550900.015Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 06/02/2012

L-Con, Inc.
15631 Jacintoport Blvd.
Houston, TX 77015
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 237120/Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 8900 Fourche Dam Pike, Little Rock, AR 72206

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/09/2012
Close Case:04/06/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $3,500 $0 $10,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19101200 H01 10/17/2012 10/18/2012 $3,500 $7,000 $0 11/16/2012 R - Review Commission
  2. 01002 Serious 19260352 J 10/17/2012 10/18/2012 $7,000 $7,000 $0 11/16/2012 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 31036.015Event: 06/02/2012Employee Is Decapitated By Exploding Fragments Of The Plumbe
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on June 2, 2012, an employee was using an arc welder to weld a flange piece onto the end of a recently cut pipe for pipe revisions. A pipe that had contained crude oil had been cut and a Foreman's Night Cap (Plumber's Plug) had been installed approximately two feet into the open end of the pipe. The remnants of the crude oil between the cut and of the pipe and the Plumber's Plug had been wiped up with an absorbent pad. The Flange was placed over the end of the pipe and the employee began welding. The next day, the employee continued welding operations. An explosion occurred and the Plumber's Plug blew out of the open end of the pipe, striking the employee. The employee was decapitated by the exploding fragments of the Plumber's Plug.
Keywords: pipe, arc welding, explosion, crude oil, welding, plumbing, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 550900.015 Fatality Cut/Laceration Welders and cutters

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