Incident Notice 2014-22

Incident Notice 2014-22

Type: Fatality

Industry: Drilling – Oil/Gas Wells

Incident Summary:

While working on a drilling rig floor, a worker was struck in the face when a metal plate came off the drilling rigs top drive. The metal plate fell more than 3 meters and caused fatal injuries when it struck the worker.

Safety Reminders:

  • Equipment that may pose a hazard to workers if it is moved or dislodged is properly restrained.
  • Drilling rigs are inspected by a competent person before they are placed into service and every seventh day on which they are used for as long as they are in service.
  • Equipment used at a worksite is maintained in a condition that will not compromise the health or safety of workers using it.
  • Emergency response plan is current and practiced

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2015-06-03
PID: 15178

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