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Fatality While Tripping Pipe
Country: USA - North America
Location: OFFSHORE : Mobile Drilling Unit
Incident Date: 20 October 2015 Time: ---
Type of Activity: Drilling, workover, well services
Type of Injury: Struck by
A Deepwater drill crew was tripping in the hole with drill pipe.
As they were transferring a stand of pipe out of the setback area with a hydraracker, the stand caught on a finger at the 51' lower fingerboard.
As the hydraracker continued to move, tension caused the pipe to bow and the pipe was released from the lower tailing arm with significant force toward the setback area striking and fatally injuring the employee.
View of pipe stand in lower fingerboard
What Went Wrong?:
This investigation for this event is ongoing.
Corrective Actions and Recommendations:
While this incident is still under investigation, drilling rig operators using fingerboards with latches are recommended to:
Safety Alert number: 268
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