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Accident: 101428.015 - Employee'S Finger Is Partially Amputated When Caught Between

Accident: 101428.015 -- Report ID: 0950647 -- Event Date: 08/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1253399.01508/11/2017Kenai Drilling Limited
At 8:00 p.m. on August 1, 2017, Employee #1 was assigned to work on a drilling r ig that was drilling for natural gas. The crews were engaged in tripping pipe in to the hole, which is the physical act of pulling the drill string out of the we llbore and then running it back in. The previous Driller mentioned that the clut ch on the drilling rig was not working properly. Employee #1, the Driller, and t he Tool Pusher worked on greasing and repairing the clutch. The Driller fully op ened the discharge valve for the V-80 Parmac Hydromatic Brake, preventing water from flowing through the brake system causing it to fail. The Driller left the s ite without closing the discharge valve, and Employee #1 did not check to ensure the discharge valve was properly set. The hydromatic brake was not exerting eno ugh braking force causing the blocks to continue to lower rapidly. Employee #1 r emained at his station while still trying to stop the blocks with the brake. The employee yelled at the crew to get off the rig floor, but he remained on the fl oor trying to stop the blocks. He was still at the brake handle when the blocks stacked on the rig floor folded over towards him. The blocks fell and pushed the weight indicator housing towards the brake handle. The weight indicator housing caught Employee #1s right pinky finger between the housing and the brake handl e, severing the finger just past the second knuckle.
Keywords: amputated, blocks, brake, caught between, clutch, drill operator, drill rig--non-oil, equipment failure, finger
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1253399.015 35 M Hospitalized injury Drillers, oil well

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