Alert 99 – 20 Unloading Casing Elevators


While preparing to run casing on an offshore platform, the order was given to bring a basket containing the casing tools to the V-door using the crane. The basket was positioned at floor level, suspended by the crane. The plan was to use the air tugger line to pull out the casing elevators. When the air tugger was used to lift the elevators from the suspended basket, the elevator handles momentarily caught on the V-door post. When the elevators broke loose, they swung in toward the rig floor and pinned the
driller against the/his console. The driller sustained injuries to his hip and abdomen.

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