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Accident: 202488813 - Employee Slips And Falls Into Wellhead

Accident: 202488813 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/12/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31186858203/25/20091389Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
On March 12, 2009, Employee #1, a drill rig hand, and his coworker, a service specialist, were helping a crew doing work-over operations on a natural gas well. The rig was positioned over the wellhead, and an area of the rig floor was slid open just enough to allow access to the wellhead. Employee #1's coworker was going to try to place a packer into the hole and try to get pass a tight spot in the well. During the process of trying to get the packer past this tight spot, Employee #1 and his coworker placed a pipe wrench on the drill pipe to add additional torque. The drill pipe was feed through a slip or spider that was secured to the wellhead. When it became obvious that the packer was not going to get through the tight spot, Employee #1's coworker decided to abandon the work. As the coworker was talking to the driller, the torque on the wrench became too great and caused Employee #1's foot to slip. Employee #1 fell into a small area between the floor and the wellhead. Employee #1 was hospitalized, where he was treated for fractures to his left ankle and the backbone of his left leg.
Keywords: fracture, repair, gas well, slip, natural gas, fall, floor opening, wellhead, ankle, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311868582 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drillers, oil well

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