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Accident: 200040087 - Employee Killed When Struck By Cathead Tongs

Accident: 200040087 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 10/21/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30004273610/22/19961381Nabors Drilling Usa Inc
Employee #1 and three crew members were connecting a drill pipe to an existing drill string on an oil and gas rotary drilling rig. Employee #1 was at the driller's console, controlling the mechanical cathead, which had a chain spooled on the drum. The chain went to a set of tongs that was attached to the drill pipe. The mechanical cathead was then engaged to apply the torque of the pipe to the drill string. Employee #1 placed the mechanical cathead in neutral, but the chain did not release. Two of his coworkers were trying to pull the chain off of the drum when the cathead suddenly engaged, pulling the tongs into Employee #1's abdomen. He was killed.
Keywords: chain, abdomen, work rules, oil well drilling, cathead, struck by, tongs, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300042736 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Drillers, oil well

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