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Near Miss - Dropped birdcage from heater treater
Country: USA - North America
Location: ONSHORE : Camp ie survey, seismic geophysical operations
Incident Date: 7 January 2019 Time: ---
Type of Activity: Maintenance, inspection, testing
Cause: Dropped objects
The Production Operator was attempting to light the burner on the heater treater utilizing the Profire control system. After several failed attempts, an audible flash was observed. This sudden flash lifted the bird cage off the top of the exhaust stack. The bird cage weighs 19 pounds and fell an estimated 29 feet to the ground. It landed approximately 4 feet from the Operator.
What Went Wrong?:
Corrective Actions and Recommendations:
Figure 1: Bird cage
Figure 2: Bird cage (rain cap) - placing
Safety Alert number: 319
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