Alert 01 – 14 Two Crewmen Fatally Injured when Struck by a Stand of Drill Pipe


An extra long cement stand was made up and was being set back into the aft racking area with the intermediate and upper racking arms. Before the racking arms retracted sufficiently, the descending top drive struck the top of the stand, creating a severe bow. The bottom end of the pipe skidded across the drill floor striking two crewmembers.

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