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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300580107 - Uti Drilling

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 300580107Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 05/30/2000

Uti Drilling
Lonnie Ray B#4
Midland, TX 79702
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1311/Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
Mailing: 640 N. Loop 250 W, Midland, TX 79702

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/31/2000
Emphasis: L:FallClose Case:04/16/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/25/2000 09/07/2000 $7,000 $7,000 $0 09/19/2000 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200810737Event: 05/27/2000Employee Killed In Fall From Oil Derrick
Employee #1, the derrick man on a drilling rig that was being rigged down, went up the ladder after the cathead line had become entangled as the stabbing board was being lowered. He was observed pulling on the catline and then had a coworker cut the tag line that went to the fall protection line. He was observed pulling on this tag line, and then climbed to a higher elevation, apparently free climbing because the climb assist was stuck. Shortly thereafter, the counterweight to the climb assist was heard coming down the line very fast and then hit the end of the line. Employee #1 lost his grip and fell 50 ft to the oil rig floor. He was killed. The climb assist apparently was entangled with the tag line for the fall protection. When Employee #1 climbed to a higher level, he created slack in the climb assist so that when it came free, it accelerated very rapidly. This caused a shock overload to its pulley, which apparently jerked Employee #1 off the ladder. Employee #1's failure to use the fall protection equipment also contributed to the accident.
Keywords: derrick, counterbalance, stuck, work rules, oil well drilling, vibrations, fall, fall protection, entangled, tag line
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300580107 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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