OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 37 Oil and Gas Wells

Section 773 Rotary table danger zone

(1) An employer must ensure that a danger zone is established and clearly marked around a rotary table used in a drilling operation.

(2) When a rotary table is in motion during an operation, a worker must not enter the danger zone or allow other equipment or loose materials to enter the danger zone.

(3) Despite subsection (2), a worker is permitted within the rotary table danger zone only during non-drilling operations and only once a hazard assessment as required by Part 2 is completed.

(4) If a worker is within the rotary table danger zone while the rotary table is in motion, the employer must ensure that

(a) the table is restricted to a slow rate of speed and is under the continuous control of a designated driller positioned at the table controls,

(b) the area around the rotary table is clear of any equipment that may contact the rotating equipment,

(c) all workers positioning slips or tongs remain clear of rotating equipment,

(d) all lines attached to tongs are placed outside of the direct line of rotating slips,

(e) the worker’s clothing and personal protective equipment is in good repair and fits closely to the body, and

(f) the worker does not wear bracelets, rings, dangling neckwear, a wristwatch, or similar articles.

(5) Prior to initiating or resuming drilling operations, the employer must ensure that all workers are positioned outside of the rotary table danger zone and that all auxiliary equipment is stored clear of the danger zone.