Alert 11 – 03 Laying Down Joint of Casing Results in a Fall


After running casing, a floor plate was removed from the rig floor to access the cellar. A 20 foot piece of casing was cut off and hoisted with the rig floor air winch. Two rig floor workers were attempted to push the 20 foot piece of 16” out the V-door. The load was too heavy for the two workers to handle and it started swinging back towards the rotary table. As the load came back, one of the workers fell through the opening in the rig floor. The worker fell approximately 22 feet and suffered a fracture at the base of his skull, a fractured right thigh and multiple bruising.

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