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Accident: 755108 - Employee Dies When Struck In Head By Gas Well Hose Line

Accident: 755108 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 05/09/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10851307806/12/19911381Four Corners Drilling
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10851308606/12/19911389B J Services
AT APPROXIMATELY 4:18 A.M. ON MAY 9, 1991, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS INVOLVED IN REMOVING CHAINS AND BOOMERS FROM THE BLOW PREVENTER DURING THE COMPLETION OF A GAS WELL INSTALLATION. THESE CHAINS AND BOOMERS HAPPENED TO BE LOCATED OVER THE ADAPTER THAT HAD BEEN INSTALLED BETWEEN THE DRILLERS' MUD TANK BULL HOSE AND THE SERVICE COMPANY'S RECEIVER TANK BULL HOSE. AS EMPLOYEE #1 LEANED OVER TO LOOSEN A BOOMER, PRESSURE WAS APPLIED TO THE MUD LINE. WHEN THE PRESSURE CAME ON, THE ADAPTER FAILED, CAUSING ONE OF THE 2-INCH BULL HOSE LINES, WITH A SECTION OF THE ADAPTER ATTACHED, TO FLY UP AND STRIKE EMPLOYEE #1 A FATAL BLOW TO THE HEAD. SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATIONS REVEALED THAT THE HOSE CONNECTION WAS NOT PROVIDED WITH A WIPP CHECK SAFETY CHAIN.
Keywords: head, work rules, gas well drilling, hose, high pressure, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108513078 Fatality Concussion Drillers, oil well
2 108513086 Occupation Not Listed

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