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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $19,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,600
Current Penalty $6,250 $0 $0 $6,250 $0 $12,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01002A Other 19100134 C01 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $3,125 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002B Serious 19100134 E01 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $3,125 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01002C Serious 19100134 K01 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003A Serious 19100134 D02 I 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $3,125 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01003B Serious 19100134 G03 I 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01003C Serious 5A0001 01/08/2015 03/14/2015 $3,125 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 7. 01004 Serious 19101200 H01 01/08/2015 02/12/2015 $4,900 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 68133.015 Event: 07/13/2014Employee Gauging Tank Dies From Exposure To Hydrocarbon Gase
At 12:30 p.m. on July 13, 2014, an employee was working for a firm that provided support activities for oil and gas operations. He was gauging and obtaining sam ples of crude oil from a tank. The tank held approximately 1,500 liters (400 ga llons). It was interconnected with other tanks in a battery. The tank in questi on not in production, but interconnected tanks were producing. A thief hatch on top of the tank provided access to the tank. It was less than 200 millimeters ( 8 inches) in diameter. It was open. Gases evolved by producing tanks vented thro ugh the open thief hatch. Hydrocarbon gases, including methane and propane, were being actively generated. They were escaping through the thief hatch. The empl oyee was wearing a half-mask air-purifying respirator with a multi-function cart ridge. The employee had been wearing a 4-gas meter, but he had turned it off fo llowing multiple LEL (lower explosive limit) and percent O2 alarms. The employee was found collapsed over the thief hatch. He was unresponsive, and he was decl ared dead. The 4-gas meter's datalogger was checked. According to the data the 4-gas meter collected before it was turned off, the employee was working in an o xygen-deficient atmosphere (and over-range LEL) for at least 5 minutes before he turned off the alarm. It was thought that the employee died within 30 minutes of turning off the 4-gas meter. the coroner believes that the employee either w as asphyxiated or sustained a cardiac arrest during exposure to a large concentr ation of flammable gases and associated low oxygen level.
Keywords: asphyxiated, chemical, methane, oil well drilling/servicing, oxygen, oxygen deficiency, ppe, propane, respirator, toxic atmosphere, toxic fumes, work rules
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 985693.015 Fatality Truck drivers, heavy

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