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Accident: 200211555 - One Employee Is Killed, Other Is Paralyzed

Accident: 200211555 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 10/10/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30808073810/12/20041381Arrow Drilling Company Inc
On October 10, 2004, Employee #1 returned to the well site to perform some contract welding, after visiting the site and scoping out the work on the first day. The work site was a drilled well, a shallow scale, where the crews already rigged down. The monkeyboard platform was being modified and upgraded, and replaced on the rig, which the employer recently acquired. Employee #2 was onsite to help with the welding work and review of the work. No other workers were present on the day of the incident. The rig derrick was telescoped down and laid over horizontally. Some confusion existed as to why the steel platform was not tied back and secured in the upright position. Employee #1 reportedly reached up to grab a hold to reposition himself and the platform fell over suddenly. Employee #1 was struck, being in a bent backward body posture. He was crushed and died soon after. Employee #2 was also struck and sustained temporary lower-body paralysis. He was treated at the hospital in the intensive care unit. The drilling employer had a written safety program, which addressed lockout and tagout hazards.
Keywords: derrick, platform, paralysis, well, construction, welding, fall, struck by, concussion, oil rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308080738 Fatality Concussion Welders and cutters
2 308080738 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Drillers, oil well

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