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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-83-010
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 29, 1982, WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY DISPATCHED A THREE-PERSON CREW, CONSISTING OF A CREW LEADER, A CREW MECHANIC, AND A HELPER MECHANIC, TO MAKE THREE SERVICE LINE EXTENSIONS IN A NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT BURKE, VIRGINIA. THE EXTENSIONS WERE TO BE MADE WITHOUT SHUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF GAS IN THE MAIN. WHEN THE FOREMAN ARRIVED WITH THE BRANCH TEE, THE CREW MECHANIC VOLUNTEERED TO INSTALL THE TEE ON THE SERVICE LINE TO NO. 10025. AFTER A FEW MINUTES, THE CREW LEADER LOOKED UP AND DID NOT SEE THE CREW MECHANIC. HE WALKED TO NO. 10025 AND FOUND THE CREW MECHANIC FACE DOWN INSIDE THE EXCAVATION WITH GAS ESCAPING AT 18 PSIG FROM THE SERVICE LINE. HE PULLED THE CREW MECHANIC FROM THE EXCAVATION AND TRIED TO REVIVE HIM. WHEN THIS ACTION DID NOT REVIVE THE CREW MECHANIC, THE CREW LEADER RAN TO HIS TRUCK AND CALLED THE GAS COMPANY DISPATCHER. MEANWHILE, THE HELPER MECHANIC ARRIVED AT THE EXCAVATION SITE. BOTH THE CREW LEADER AND THE HELPER MECHANIC HAD ATTENDED COMPANY CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) TRAINING, BUT NEITHER ATTEMPTED TO USE THIS MEANS TO REVIVE THE CREW MECHANIC. ABOUT 4 TO 5 MINUTES LATER, A RESCUE SQUAD ARRIVED AND, AFTER ATTEMPTING TO REVIVE THE CREW MECHANIC, TRANSPORTED HIM TO THE HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS DECLARED DEAD.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION: NOTIFY ITS MEMBER COMPANIES OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT AND URGE THEM TO EMPHASIZE TO THEIR SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL THE NEED FOR STRICT ADHERENCE TO ESTABLISHED COMPANY SAFETY PROCEDURES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Burke, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83FP003
Accident Reports:
Report #: None
Accident Date: 10/29/1982
Issue Date: 3/24/1983
Date Closed: 6/13/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Gas Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: American Gas Association
To: NTSB
Date: 8/23/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/30/2000 4:14:50 PM MC# 2001184

From: NTSB
To: American Gas Association
Date: 6/13/1983
Response:

From: American Gas Association
To: NTSB
Date: 5/9/1983
Response: AGA LETTER: THE FOLLOWING NOTICE WAS FORWARDED TO AGA MEMBER COMPANY DELEGATES ON MAY 9, 1983: ENCLOSED IS THE NTSB SAFETY RECOMMENDATION REFERRED ABOVE, WHICH REQUESTS AGA TO NOTIFY ITS MEMBER COMPANIES OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT AND URGE THEM TO EMPHASIZE TO THEIR SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL THE NEED FOR STRICT ADHERENCE TO ESTABLISH COMPANY SAFETY PROCEDURES.