Four Firms Fined for Fatal O&G Facility Fire

Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Energes Services LLC, Dominguez Welding LLC, and Unlimited Services LLC, face $70,711 in fines for exposing employees to health and safety hazards at an oil and gas tank battery construction project where one employee was killed in an explosion and fire and three others suffered third-degree burns, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Employees were merging two tank batteries into a single tank battery operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Mead, CO, in May when the explosion and fire occurred.

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OSHA Investigators found flammable vapors or gases ignited as employees worked near pipes connected to a crude oil tank.

OSHA cited the employers for introducing potential ignition sources into work areas containing flammable gases or vapors; not isolating flammable gases or vapors from welding activity; and not adequately inspecting the worksite and addressing safety hazards including an excavation.

“Oil and gas industry employers must take proper precautions for hot work in the presence of flammable hydrocarbon vapors,” said OSHA Area Director Herb Gibson, in Denver. “OSHA and the industry have issued guidance for employers on the hazards of flammable materials and appropriate protective measures.”

Each company has held an informal conference with OSHA’s Denver Area Office to discuss and attempt to resolve the citations.

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