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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 112121272 - Cleveland Drilling

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Bakersfield

Nr: 112121272Report ID: 0950626Open Date: 07/02/1992

Cleveland Drilling
4000 Allen Road
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/04/1992
Close Case:10/13/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $280 $0 $280
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $280 $0 $280
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3328 A 08/19/1992 09/10/1992 $280 $280 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170703243Event: 03/10/1992Employee Injured When Struck By Broken Chain
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 10, 1992, Employee #1 was working on the floor of drilling rig #6, at well 323X-252, Chevron lease, Elk Hills, Taft, CA. Employee #1 was using a spinning chain to make up a drill pipe connection. The spinning chain was attached to a wire rope that was attached to the break-out cathead. The driller was operating the cathead while the spinning chain had 4 or 5 wraps on the drill pipe. The chain was rotating the pipe to make up the stand of pipe onto the pipe in the well. With about one turn remaining to make up the joint, the chain seized on the pipe, causing the chain to break near the wire rope connection. The chain flew toward the drill pipe, and struck Employee #1 on both arms near the wrists. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield, where he was treated for a fracture to his right forearm. Employee #1 remained in the hospital for two days.
Keywords: fracture, forearm, oil well drilling, equipment failure, struck by, flying object, gas well drilling, broken chain
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112121272 Hospitalized injury Fracture Helpers, extractive occupations

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