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Partridge Raleigh Oilfield Explosion and Fire
Location: Raleigh, MS
Incident Occurred On: 06/05/2006
Final Report Released On: 06/12/2007
Incident Type: Hot Work - Explosion and Fire
Company Name: Stringer Oilfield Services


Total # of Recommendations
Total # of Open Recommendations
Total # of Closed Recommendations
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

Incident Description
Three contractors died and one contractor suffered serious injuries in an explosion and fire at the Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield. The contractors, all employees of Stringer Oilfield Services, were standing on top of a series of four oil production tanks. They were preparing to weld piping to the tanks when a welding tool likely ignited flammable vapors from the tanks.
Investigation Status
The CSB's final report was issued at a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 12, 2007.



Mississippi State Oil & Gas Board

Establish a program to identify and refer to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) potentially unsafe health and safety conditions observed during board field inspections of well sites and drilling operations. Ensure that the program includes: -Written procedures that define how the referrals will be implemented; and, -Training of field inspectors so that they are able to recognize the potentially unsafe health and safety conditions that should be referred to OSHA.

Status: Closed - Reconsidered/Superseded
Closed - Reconsidered/Superseded (C - R/S) - Recipient rejects the recommendation and also supports the rejection with a rationale with which the Board concurs. This designation may apply when later facts indicate that the concerns expressed in the recommendation were actually addressed prior to the incident, or when a recommendation is superseded by a new, more appropriate recommendation.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Implement a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) to inspect companies in the oil and gas production and extraction sector.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action
Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action (C - AAA)

Partridge-Raleigh, LLC

Establish written health and safety performance standards and performance metrics such as those found in Recommended Practice for Occupational Safety for Onshore Oil and Gas Production, API RP-74.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).

Stringer's Oil Field Services, Inc.

Develop and implement written procedures to ensure safe work practices during hot work, tank cleaning, and work at elevated locations.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.


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