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Accident: 113277.015 - Employee Is Struck By Drilling Rig Tong And Disemboweled

Accident: 113277.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 07/21/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1332875.01507/25/2018Southwest Pump & Drilling, Inc
At 7:30 p.m. on July 21, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by a drillin g company, were drilling a water well. They were using a Speedstar Model SS25SD drill rig, a breakout rig tong, slips, and a breaker bar. Employee #1 was the helper for the coworker, who was operating the drill. In order to save time whi le breaking pipe from 40 foot sections to 20 foot sections, the drill operator a nd Employee #1 used a single rig tong (upper tong) and the turn table (rotary ta ble) instead of using both upper and lower tongs to break the pipe section accor ding to the engineered design. During this process of pipe breaking, the cable pulling the rig tong broke. The rig tong swung forward and struck Employee #1, who was standing within the rig tong's swing radius. Employee #1 was thrown ont o the breaker bar. When he attempted to pull himself off the breaker bar, he wa s disemboweled. Emergency services transported the employee to the hospital, wh ere he underwent multiple surgeries to repair internal organs.
Keywords: abdomen, broken cable, caught by, construction, drill pipe, drill rig--non-oil, planning, propelled, puncture, rotating parts, struck by, tongs, unauthorized, untrained, water, well, work rules
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1332875.015 29 M Hospitalized injury Drilling and boring machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit

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