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Accident: 116115.015 - Employee Is Struck By Pressurized Drilling Mud, Injures Eyes

Accident: 116115.015 -- Report ID: 0627510 -- Event Date: 05/03/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1399391.01505/08/2019Eastham Drilling Inc.
At 6:00 a.m. on May 3, 2019, an employee and three coworkers were breaking off a joint to run a clean up cycle on a drilling rig. The employee took over the con trols and proceeded to lift the joint while the coworkers, two from night shift and one from day shift, wrapped and held tar paper around the joint in case any residual mud spilled out. As the joint was being lifted there was an audible pop , at which time the employee realized neither he nor the other driller had turne d the mud pump off. Mud shot out of the pump with enough force to knock the emp loyee and his coworkers backwards against equipment and guardrails, blowing off their hard hats and safety glasses and exposing them to the oil based mud. The m ud injured the employee's eyes requiring hospitalization.
Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, burn, chemical, chemical burn, chemical exposure, drilling mud, eye, face, flying object, high pressure, laceration, mud pump, oil well drilling, oil well drilling/servicing, oil wel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1399391.015 20 M Hospitalized injury Drillers, oil well

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