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Accident: 571380 - Struck By Flying Piece Of Piping

Accident: 571380 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 11/06/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
221284311/07/19851311Ram Drilling Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE A FITTING FROM THE END OF A VALVE AND NIPPLE ASSEMBLY ON A DUPLEX MUD PUMP USED FOR ROTARY OIL WELL DRILLING. HE DID NOT TURN OFF THE PUMP. WHEN PRESSURE WAS APPLIED TO THE SINGLE PIPE WRENCH PLACED ON THE FITTING, THE MALE NIPPLE TO FEMALE PUMP BODY JOINT BLEW OUT UNDER THE 1000 PLUS POUNDS OF PRESSURE OF THE PUMP. THE VALVE AND NIPPLE ASSEMBLY STRUCK THE HEAD OF EMPLOYEE #1, FRACTURING HIS SKULL AND NECK.
Keywords: mud pump, oil well drilling, pressure piping, valve, pump, oil rig, rotary rig
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2212843 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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