Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 2956076 - Norton Drilling Company

Inspection Information - Office: New Mexico

Nr: 2956076Report ID: 0653510Open Date: 09/02/1985

Norton Drilling Company
Section 22 17 31e/Hwy 82 Eddy County
Loco Hills, NM 88255
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Mailing: 606 Republic Bank Lubbock Building, Lubbock, TX 79401

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/03/1985
Close Case:05/29/1986

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360765614    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14301345Event: 08/30/1985Wrapped Under Rope On Rotating Cat Head; Neck Broken
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS OPERATING THE CAT HEAD ON AN OIL DRILLING RIG. HE WAS HOISTING 8 1/2 INCH CASING FROM THE CATWALK TO THE V-DOOR. ANOTHER CREW MEMBER WOULD SIGNAL EMPLOYEE #1 WHEN TO RAISE OR LOWER THE CASING. EMPLOYEE #1 LOOPED THE FIBER ROPE ON THE CAT HEAD BY THROWING IT ONTO THE ROTATING HEAD. THE ROPE COULD BE TIGHTENED BY PULLING ON THE FREE END, AND THE CASING RAISED. HE COULD LOWER THE CASING BY CREATING SLACK ON THE ROPE. REPORTEDLY, EMPLOYEE #1 HAD DISCONTINUED USING THE FIRST LOOP GUARD ON THE CAT HEAD AFTER THE THIRD JOINT OF CASING HAD BEEN RAISED. ON APPROXIMATELY THE EIGHTEENTH JOINT OF CASING, EMPLOYEE #1 TRIED TO THROW ONE LOOP OFF THE CAT HEAD, AS THE ROPE HAD ALREADY BEEN LOOPED. HIS GLOVED HAND BECAME ENTANGLED IN THE ROPE AND HE WAS PULLED INTO THE CAT HEAD. THE ROPE WRAPPED AROUND HIM AT LEAST THREE TIMES. HE SUFFERED A BROKEN NECK AND OTHER INJURIES WHEN THE ROPE TIGHTENED AROUND HIM. HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: fracture, rope, glove, oil well drilling, cathead, neck, entangled
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 2956076 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close