Alert 03 – 19 Lifting Eye Failure Results in Dropped Pump


While a centrifugal pump pedestal was being transferred with the crane from the starboard side main deck to the mechanic shop, the integral-lifting eye forged into the pump housing failed. The pump fell on top of the gravel pack screens that were on the port pipe rack, ready to be run into the well bore. The lift was well within the SWL for the sling / shackles. Tag lines were being used to assist with controlling the load movement. All personnel were well away (20 feet) from where the pump fell and struck the tubulars. There were no injuries to any personnel. Five gravel pack screens were damaged.

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