Alert 11 – 21 Near Miss – Lack of Inspection Results in Dropped Iron Roughneck


While the Iron Roughneck was extended, the cylinder shaft pulled from the clevis on the extender end of the cylinder. This allowed the extender unit to fall outward onto the rig floor landing against the drill pipe stump. When the extender unit fell, it narrowly missed two employees. Fortunately, no employees were directly between the unit and the drill pipe stump and no injuries resulted from the incident.

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