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February 24, 1983
Mr. Dennis R. Winkler
Safety and Training Director
Norton Drilling Company
606 Lubbock National Bank Building
Lubbock, Texas 79401
Dear Mr. Winkler:
Enclosed is a copy of the directive (STD 1-12.28 CH 1) dated Febraury 14, 1983 developed as a result of the successful completion of the experimental program for alternative protection techniques for employees working around the rotary table and kelly bushing on oil and gas well drilling rigs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for participating in the experimental program.
John B. Miles, Jr., Director
Office of Field Coordination