Alert 06 – 26 Cleaning Mud From Drill Collars Results in Finger Amputation


A Floorman suffered an amputated finger by using a rig light safety cable to strip compacted “gumbo” mud off of a drill collar while the drill collar was being rotated into the hole. By the time the driller noticed and stopped the pipe from rotating, the eye of the lanyard had completely removed the flesh from the first joint of the middle finger of his left hand. The doctor later decided the skin could not be reattached and surgically removed the remaining bone.

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