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Accident: 200332278 - Drilling Crew Member Is Struck And Killed By Drill Plug

Accident: 200332278 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 03/05/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31407609203/08/20101382Erickson Contract Surveying, Inc.
On March 5, 2010, Employee #1 and two coworkers constituted a three-person crew engaged in seismographic drilling operations approximately 3 miles north of Beach, North Dakota. The first coworker was a driller, the second coworker was a driller's helper, and Employee #1 was a hole plugger. The driller was pulling drill pipe out of a hole and placing it on a beaver slide, from which it slid into a pipe rack on the side of a truck. The driller's helper placed the end of the pipe on the beaver slide, while the driller lowered it with a fast plug attached to the draw works. Employee #1 arrived onsite and walked up to the rig from behind. As he was standing there, the fast plug came loose, and the 20-foot section of 2.875-inch-diameter pipe fell. It struck Employee #1 on the head, causing a fracture and killing him.
Keywords: fracture, head, pipe plug, drill pipe, drill rig--non-oil, struck by, falling object, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314076092 Fatality Fracture Helpers, extractive occupations

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