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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 136212.015 Event: 06/07/2021Employee Is Killed When Crushed On Guardrails
On June 7, 2021, an employee was working from a rod basket performing gas and oi l well servicing operations removing sucker rods and a subsurface pump. The empl oyee was hanging the sections of three sucker rods onto a derrick. During the re moval of the rods the employee attached a transfer cable and swivel to a string of rods and released the elevators attached to blocks before the bottom section was supported by the bottom elevators. This caused the entire string weight to b e placed onto the transfer cable (a 5/16 wire rope) resulting in a rope break. W hen the rope broke, a cable clamp attached to the rope snagged the employee's SL R cable, pulling the employee down onto the top of the guardrail and sucker rods hanging in the derrick. The employee was crushed when he was pinned to the guar drails and rod basket. The employee suffered injuries to his abdomen and asphyxi ation and was killed.
Keywords: abdomen, asphyxiated, basket, broken cable, chest, crushed, derrick, derrickman, elevator, guardrail, hoist, hoisting mechanism, hoistline, material handling, oil well drilling/servicing, oil well servicing, pinned, s
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1535668.015 Fatality Drillers, oil well

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