An overview of all drilling hazard alerts received by DrillSafe.
DrillSafe Hazard Alerts
Hazard alerts are received from our partners across the drilling industry. All hazard alerts are edited to remove any personal or company information. The goal is to highlight hazards across the industry in order to make the drilling industry safer.
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Have a look at some of the industry incidents we have been made aware of in recent weeks.
We all need to watch and learn from this dramatic accident.
Read about this tragic fatality involving a pipe wrench.
Two identical accidents, one resulting in a fatality and another resulting in permanent disabilities to two people. The second accident should have been prevented!
Hydraulic fluid burst through the wear spot on the hose and injected through the double gloves into the fitter’s index finger. Major surgery was required to track and remove the injected hydraulic fluid from the fitter’s finger and hand.
While pulling drill rods the “D” Shackle used to connect the hoist rope to the hoist plug failed catastrophically.
The injured man inserted his arm into the cyclone to clear the blockage and while his arm was still in the cyclone, the Driller closed the cover plate. The injured man’s forearm was trapped in the opening by the cover plate and he sustained a compound fracture of the left lower arm.
As the pedal depressed it opened the foot clamp and released the drillstring which fell into the hole causing the hoisting plug to hit the top of the clamp. The force with which the hoisting plug hit the foot clamp caused the foot clamp pedal to lift very abruptly. The force of the upward moving pedal sliced through the injured man’s safety boot causing a deep laceration in the sole of the man’s foot and severe contusion of his ankle.
Just as the injured man was about to loosen the drill rod the chuck and therefore the drill rod rotated unexpectedly pulling the drill rig assistant towards the drill rig, jamming his right hand between the spanner and the substructure of the drill rig. This resulted in the traumatic amputation of his right middle finger.