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Accident: 115526.015 - Employee'S Arm Is Amputated After Becoming Caught In Pto

Accident: 115526.015 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 01/28/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1377994.01502/06/2019Wolla Trucking, Llc
At 9:30 a.m. on January 28, 2019, an employee was working for a firm that provid ed support activities for oil and gas operations. It was a trucking firm. It hau led away the leftover "produced water" byproduct from fracking activities. Produ ced water, or waste water from fracking, was disposed of at saltwater disposal ( SWD) facilities. The employee was at a facility to dispose of a load of waste wa ter. He attached his hoses and starting pumping. A Roper pump on his truck was l eaking. The SWD facility's site attendant told the employee that the leak would have to be repaired. The pump was powered by a power take-off (PTO). The employe e was underneath the truck tightening the bolts on the pump to adjust its packin g and stop the leak. The PTO was still running. A sleeve of the employee's cloth ing became caught in the PTO, and his arm was pulled in. The employee's arm was amputated at the elbow. He was hospitalized. It was learned that the trucking fi rm knew that its workers may be required to tighten packing bolts at disposal si tes due to the facilities' policies on leaks. It developed a set of rules for th is operation. It was also knowledgeable in procedures for the control of hazardo us energy. In August 2017, it contracted with a safety consultant to conduct loc kout/tagout and machine guarding training. The employee did not attend this trai ning. In an interview, he stated that he had not received any training on hazard ous energy control procedures. Workers for the firm said that adjusting the bolt s with the pump running was a common practice. Each interviewed driver stated th at he had observed other drivers tightening PTO bolts under the truck with the p ump running. They stated that they did not report this to management or stop wor k. Audit records did not show that compliance with the set of rules developed fo r pump repair was audited. Two inspections were associated with this investigati on; 1377994 for the trucking company, and 1378009 for the SWD facility.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, arm, bolt, caught by, caught in, clothing, elbow, gas well, gas well drilling, leak, lockout, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, maintenance, oil well drilling/servicing, power take-off, training
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1377994.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, heavy

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