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Accident: 200551562 - Employee Killed When Oil Rig Mast Collapses

Accident: 200551562 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 05/23/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30308122805/24/20001389Dan Blocker Consulting, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30308125105/24/20001311El Paso Production Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30308123605/24/20001389Grey Wolf Drilling Company, Lp
Employee #1, a drilling consultant, and a coworker were alone on the rig floor, using hydraulic jaws to free a stuck drill pipe. The jaws were 5,800 ft down the hole, just above the drill bit and collars. As the rig pulled up with great force, the jaws activated and the overloaded mast collapsed and fell on Employee #1. He suffered massive trauma and was killed instantly. The tool pusher sustained lacerations to his leg and elbow, for which he was treated and released.
Keywords: derrick, stuck, work rules, overloaded, collapse, crushed, hydraulic tool, oil well servicing, oil rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303081228 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 303081251 Occupation Not Listed
3 303081236 Occupation Not Listed

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