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Accident: 41499.015 - One Employee Killed, One Injured On Drilling Rig

Accident: 41499.015 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 02/25/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
892001.01502/26/2013Sidewinder Drilling
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on February 25, 2013, Employee #1 and Employee #2, fl oor hands, were working on a drilling rig. They had removed the snub line that s ecured the tongs to the rig to resist the power of the top drive while they were breaking out approximately 400 feet of pipe. They removed the snub line so tha t the tongs would be able to reach the mouse hole while breaking out the pipe an d placing sections at the mouse hole. They completed breaking out the 400 foot string of pipe and after approximately one hour were ready to resume drilling op erations and making-up pipe. They had not disconnected the pull line or re-inst alled the snub line. When the driller went to torque the first connection of pip e at the turn table, the force on the pull line exceeded the rated capabilities of the 0.625 inch steel cable causing the cable to snap and rotate the tongs and pipe. Employee #1 was struck in the back and died. Employee #2 was flung forwa rd and received a laceration to the back of his head and a cut on his nose.
Keywords: crane, digger/derrick, drill, oil well drilling/servicing, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 892001.015 28 M Fatality Drillers, oil well

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