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Accident: 201561214 - Employee Is Killed By Bridle Line On Derrick

Accident: 201561214 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 01/13/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30661765501/14/20051381Patterson-Uti Drilling Co
On January 13, 2005, Employee #1, with Patterson-UTI Drilling Co., was working on top of a derrick approximately 45 miles south of Ouray, UT. On the second day of "rig-up", a thick (approximately 1.25-in.) bridle line became caught on a small "dog-ear". Several unsuccessful attempts were made to free the line. The tension on the line caused it to slip off of the dog-ear and strike Employee #1's head. After receiving first aid on site, he was airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital, where he died on January 15, 2005.
Keywords: derrick, head, wire rope, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306617655 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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