This article looks at a few innovations introduced to eliminate some of the hazards associated with inner-tube head assemblies and overshots.Read More
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Despite the very clever innovations that have been introduced to reduce the risks associated with wireline retrieval, the industry still experiences accidents related to wireline operations.Read More
This article provides some recommendations as a first step in reducing the risks associated with wireline retrieval operations.Read More
A summary of the relevant legal requirements of wireline retrieval operations.Read More
In order to fully appreciate the hazards associated with wireline retrieval, a thorough understanding of the process is required. This article explains the processes involved as a starting point for a better understanding of the hazards.Read More
This article explores two of the most significant hazards relating to inner-tube head assemblies.Read More
This article examines some of the most significant hazards associated with overshots.Read More
This article aims to clarify some of the calculations that were published in our articles on the pullback capacity of top drive drill rigs and clear up any misunderstanding, particularly around the Schramm TX 130 drill rig.Read More
It is essential that the meaning of automation is established, with reference to the drilling industry, before requirements are put in place. This article explores the idea of automation and hands-free rod handling.Read More
The type of hands-free system to use, depends on the drilling application. Read more about the relevant types of systems.Read More
While hands-free rod handling systems are becoming increasingly prevalent, they are not without some issues.Read More
Christensen Rod Handling System (RHS) option is used in surface core drilling applications and is available as an option for both the Christensen 140 and Christensen CT20.Read More
LoadSafe safely handles heavy drill pipe, drill collars and casing. LoadSafe is designed to safely lift tubulars from horizontal position into alignment with the tilting top head of the drill rig.Read More
A simple V-trough system that can be adapted to many different top drive drill rigs.Read More
Have a look at this short reference sheet for the proper use of wrenches, from Rigid.Read More
Probably due to a large number of hand injuries whilst tripping drill rods, mining companies are increasingly requesting hands free rod handling systems. In the case of rotary percussion or reverse circulation drill pipe this makes great sense and we have seen many different designs of hands free systems.
In the case of diamond drill rod, this is not so easy because of the relative frailty of wireline drill rod thread compared to API or modified API threads. As a consequence many systems accelerate thread wear and so possibly introduce more risk than is perceived.
These are some of the critical issues that will be discussed at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. Don't miss out on this opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry experts. Register now at http://www.drillsafe.co.za/innovation-forum-2018-registration/
We were recently made aware of a fatality involving the use of a pipe wrench. Have a look at this article, which analyses the use of wrenches in drilling operations.Read More
This article examines some of the ways that wrenches are frequently misused.Read More
This article addresses the depth capacity of the second common type of drill rig used on exploration projects.Read More
Diligent inspection of wire ropes is an essential part of a pre-start and daily inspection system.Read More