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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 975580.015 - Ameriflow Energy Services, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock Area Office

Nr: 975580.015Report ID: 0627510Open Date: 04/30/2014

Ameriflow Energy Services, Llc
Pecos Estates 4h-3h Rki
Orla, TX 79770
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
Mailing: 605 West Main St., Artesia, NM 88210

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/30/2014
Emphasis: P:Oilgas, L:OilgasClose Case:01/27/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
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 $5,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/16/2014 11/20/2014 $5,600 $7,000 $0 12/24/2014 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 61369.015Event: 04/30/2014Two Employees Are Struck By Metal From Exploding Sand Separa
At 12:00 a.m. on April 30, 2014, flow-back employees opened the 4H well head that was connected to a sand separator which was under pressure. The sand separator is connected to a sand box collector on one end and a manifold on the other end. Employee #1 was seen closing the valve between the sand separator and the sand box collector. The pathway from the sand separator and the manifold were closed, including all 5 valves. Employee #2 delivered some product and walked towards employee #1 to get a haul delivery ticket signed. Both employees were in the pressurized zone area of wellhead #4H when the explosion occurred. The pressure increased in the sand separator which was not equipped with a pressure relief valve. According to witnesses, Employee #1 and Employee #1 sustained severe head trauma from shrapnel released by the exploded metal pressure vessel and were killed.
Keywords: structural collapse, blowout--oil well, compressed gas, air pressure, pressure piping, rigging, pressure vessel, oil well drilling/servicing, explosion, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 975580.015 Fatality Other Drillers, oil well
2 975580.015 Fatality Other Truck drivers, heavy

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