Alert 19-03 Racker Cab Window Pane Falls to Drill Floor


At the time of the incident, the drill crew was tripping in the hole with 4” drill pipe. While the next stand was being moved into position with the racking arms, the racker operator, in an attempt to gain the attention of the roughnecks, began to knock on the racker unit window pane.

The racker operator wanted to confirm with the roughnecks that the pin of the stand had been lubricated with pipe dope and was clear of the elevators. While knocking on the window pane, the pane dislodged from the window frame and fell approximately 13.5 ft to the drill floor. The pane came to rest on the mouse hole, the roughnecks were standing clear of the area and no one was struck

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