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Accident: 200552040 - Employee Struck By Tongs

Accident: 200552040 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 08/30/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30447279808/31/20011381Randall Service Inc.
Employee #1 was operating the break-out tongs when the lead tongs were released from the drill pipe fatally striking him in the head. The tong's release from the pipe indicates that the probable cause of the accident was due to an improper connection in the tong's latching mechanism and/or the possibility of inadequate maintenance. Inadequate maintenance may have been a contributing factor as visualized by the condition of the tongs and the employer's inability to provided maintenance records. A rope attached to the cathead spool provided the torque buildup applied to the tongs. According to the tool pusher the break-chain had not been engaged.
Keywords: head, rope, drill pipe, cathead, struck by, tongs
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304472798 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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