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Accident: 201922598 - Two Employees Killed In Oil Derrick Collapse

Accident: 201922598 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 08/07/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30457343908/07/20021381C & S Well Service
On August 7, 2002, Employees #1 and #2 were on a crew that was pulling sucker rods at an oil well. The crew was pulling three, 25-ft sucker rods at a time and had pulled 9 sets of rods. Employee #1 was in the rod basket when, on the tenth pull, the derrick block and the derrick crown two-blocked and they came down together. The derrick rose up, the dead line cable snapped 15 ft 11 in. from the dead line connection, and the derrick block broke in two. When the block fell, it brought down the 9 sets of rods and Employee #1, who was in the rod basket. Half of the block fell and landed on Employee #2. Both men were killed. There was no limit switch on the crown, the derrick's right rear anchor was pulled completely out of the ground, and the other anchors were loose. There was also scratched paint and dented metal on the crown.
Keywords: derrick, unsecured, work rules, oil well drilling, broken cable, crushed, fall, struck by, two-blocking, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304573439 Fatality Other Drillers, oil well
2 304573439 Fatality Other Drillers, oil well

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