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Accident: 170894935 - Employee Injured When Struck By Kelly On Oil Rig

Accident: 170894935 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 04/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12620911307/15/19971381Mmi Services
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on April 17, 1997, Employee #1, of MMI Services, was working the morning tower on oil well drill rig #30 in Taft, California. The drill rig crew was in the process of making a connection. The kelly was disconnected from the drill string and the driller pulled up on the kelly so the derrickman could insert the kelly hook on the hang-back line. At the same time, Employee #1 and a coworker were trying to push the kelly over to the rat hole. The kelly became caught in the derrick and the bottom swung out, striking Employee #1. He was thrown across the floor, hit the guardrails, and fell to the floor, striking his head on some equipment. Employee #1 sustained serious injuries, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: head, guardrail, oil well drilling, struck against, caught by, kelly bushing, struck by, oil rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126209113 Hospitalized injury Concussion Helpers, extractive occupations

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