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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 995918.015 - Chevron Pipe Line Company

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 995918.015Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 09/15/2014

Chevron Pipe Line Company
25293 Highway 333
Abbeville, LA 70510
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 486210/Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
Mailing: 4800 Fournace Placesuite W-741, Bellaire, TX 77401

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/17/2014
Emphasis: L:OilgasClose Case:07/20/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Inspection995768   Yes
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 03/10/2015 07/17/2015 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 69835.015Event: 09/13/2014One Employee Is Killed And Two Are Injured During Pipeline W
At 10:00 a.m. on September 13, 2014, four employees were assigned to remove and replace a gear box operator of a valve at an oil rig platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The employees arrived by boat to the platform during high tide. After waiting an approximate hour for the tide to recede, they were instructed to proceed with removal of the gear box operator despite low tide not being set to come for another hour. As the new gear box operator was put into place and the employees were preparing to install its bolts, it was determined that the adaptor plate needed to be removed to appropriately align the equipment for installation. While the valve was under 800 psi of pressure, the employees began removing the eight hex bolts that held the adaptor plate to the valve. During removal of the bolts, the adapter plate and valve stem blew off and struck Employee #1, who fell into the Gulf of Mexico and drowned. Employees #2 and #3 were also thrown backwards from the pressure release, suffering hearing loss and minor contusions.
Keywords: pipeline, pressure release, concussion, explosion, hearing loss, oil rig, drown, drowning, struck by, platform
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 995918.015 Fatality Concussion

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