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Accident: 108160.015 - Employee Is Struck By Drill Head And Is Killed

Accident: 108160.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 08/07/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1337158.01508/08/2018Kouba Drilling, Llc
At 11:15 a.m. on August 7, 2018, an employee was removing a 10 inch diameter twe nty-one foot long starter pipe used during the drilling operation for a geotherm al well. The employee had placed a wire rope hoist on the 1996 Schramm T450-W Ro tadrill drill rig to remove the starter pipe; however, the suction would not all ow the pipe to be lifted. The employee secured a chain to the cutting head and began lifting the pipe. As the pipe lifted, the cutting head unthreaded from th e main head and fell, striking the employee on the head and killed him.
Keywords: drill operator, drill pipe, falling object, head, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1337158.015 62 M Fatality Drillers, earth

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