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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310201637 - Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 310201637Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 05/21/2008

Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.
Elk Hills
Kern County, CA 93268
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1381/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
NAICS: 213111/Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
Mailing: 2221 Sturgis Rd., Ste. D, Oxnard, CA 93030

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/21/2008
Close Case:12/31/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $5,560 $0 $23,560
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,900 $0 $5,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 10/28/2008 10/31/2008 $5,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 14300029 A 10/28/2008 11/17/2008 $300 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 6511 10/28/2008 10/31/2008 $0 $185 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 3650 T 10/28/2008 11/17/2008 $600 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202466637Event: 04/26/2008Employee Is Injured When Pinned By Forklift
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 26, 2008, Employee #1 was working as a floorhand at a large international oil drilling company, where he had been employed for less than six weeks. Floorhand duties included running pipe and performing most manual labor on the floor. Employee #1 was performing a regularly assigned task that was within his scope of work. He was using a forklift to transport bags of barite stacked on a pallet from one location to another on site. Employee #1 was loading the bags manually on top of a pallet that was resting on the tines. After making final adjustments, Employee #1 walked through a narrow space separating the forklift and wall of the outbuilding. Apparently, Employee #1 contacted a lever control, and the movement caused the forklift to go into reverse. As it did, it pinned Employee #1 between the large wheels of the forklift and wall of the outbuilding. Coworkers turned off the forklift and pulled Employee #1 out of a cramped position. Employee #1 sustained fractures to his left hip and left ankle. A local ambulance company transported Employee #1 to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California, and he was hospitalized for four days. The office manager notified the Division about the accident at 10:08 a.m. on April 29, 2008. Employee #1, three fellow workers, the health and safety specialist, the drilling superintendent, and the operations manager were interviewed. Employee #1 had been working in proximity to other workers, but none saw the accident occur. The investigation concluded that Employee #1 dismounted the forklift to make adjustments, while leaving the engine running, forks raised beyond 42 inches, and transmission in neutral. As a result, the Division issued one serious accident-related, one general, and two regulatory citations.
Keywords: wheel, fracture, wall, pinned, equipment operator, industrial truck, struck by, hip, ankle
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310201637 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drillers, oil well

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