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Site Preparation Transporting Equipment to the Site

Figure 1. Transporting a Derrick

Figure 1. Transporting a Derrick

Depending on the location of the well, access to the site may require preparation of a road bed. A site, and its access road, must accommodate a large number of temporary and semi-permanent structures and tanks, all brought in by truck.

Hazards may be related to the following:

Equipment is loaded on trucks at the previous drill site or storage yard, secured and transported to the new drill location.

Potential Hazards:

Figure 2. Transporting derrick

Figure 2. Transporting derrick

  • At a newly prepared drill site, the soils may not be compacted sufficiently to support the incoming load. This could cause the load to become unstable.
  • The load may not be secured properly, causing it to shift or the tie-downs to fail.
  • In slick conditions, the truck may slide off the road.

Possible Solutions:

  • Make sure that the access road and drill pad at the drill site has been properly prepared before attempting to drive on it.
  • Drive slowly; always being cautious of shifting weight.
  • Loads should be tied down with proper devices and inspected before and during transport. [49 CFR 393.100 (U.S. Department of Transportation)]
  • Always drive with caution, whatever the conditions.
Figure 3. Unloading doghouse

Figure 3. Unloading doghouse

Equipment is unloaded and placed approximately where it will be rigged up.

Potential Hazard:

  • Improperly secured loads could cause equipment to slide or collapse during unloading.

Possible Solution:

  • Inspect loads before loading or unloading.
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