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Accident: 170361265 - Employee Killed When Caught Between Cable And Kelly

Accident: 170361265 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 08/21/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11196755008/22/19951381Paul Graham Drilling
At 12:50 a.m. on August 21, 1995, Employee #1, a motor man for Paul Graham Drilling & Service Co., was working the graveyard shift with a floor man and a driller at a natural gas exploration well. He was preparing to routinely add a new section of 30 ft pipe to a drill string of a Cooper 550 telescoping double hydraulic drill rig (#4). He prematurely prepared the throwing chain before the kelly was stopped, causing the chain and attached cable to become caught on the rotating kelly. Employee #1 was pulled into the kelly. His lower left leg was ripped off and the upper portion of his leg was degloved. He also suffered head injuries. Employee #1 died several hours later.
Keywords: head, rotating parts, amputated, wire rope, work rules, caught by, drill rig--non-oil, gas well drilling, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111967550 Fatality Amputation Helpers, extractive occupations

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