Safety Alerts

Safety Alerts

IADC distributes HSE Alerts to Members as they are received. All Alerts issued will be archived on this web site. We welcome your ideas for future Safety Alerts.

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5 December 2000

Alert 00 – 39 Near Miss – Frozen Air Regulator

Alert 00 – 39 Near Miss – Frozen Air Regulator WHAT HAPPENED: Recently a rig operating in a cold environment had a situation occur that involved the
5 December 2000

Alert 00 – 38 Lack of Communication Causes Loss of Fingers

Alert 00 – 38 Lack of Communication Causes Loss of Fingers WHAT HAPPENED: The drilling crew had completed pulling the drill string out of the hole. The
5 December 2000

Alert 00 – 37 Block Hanging Line Load Path

Alert 00 – 37 Block Hanging Line Load Path WHAT HAPPENED: While performing the annual MPI inspection of critical equipment, it was discovered that the rig’s 500 ton
5 November 2000

Alert 00 – 36 Fatal Incident Occurs During Man – Riding Activity

Alert 00 – 36 Fatal Incident Occurs During Man – Riding Activity WHAT HAPPENED: A fatal incident occurred when an individual being hoisted by a certified man-rider
5 November 2000

Alert 00 – 35 Missed Stand of Drillpipe Causes an LTI

Alert 00 – 35 Missed Stand of Drillpipe Causes an LTI WHAT HAPPENED: While running in the hole with 3- ½” drill pipe, the floorman who was
5 November 2000

Alert 00 – 34 Fatality: Cut – Off Wheel Fractures During Use

Alert 00 – 34 Fatality: Cut – Off Wheel Fractures During Use WHAT HAPPENED: An air-powered angle grinder was being used to cut grooves into cast iron
5 November 2000

Alert 00 – 33 Dropped 16″ Casing

Alert 00 – 33 Dropped 16″ Casing WHAT HAPPENED: A crew was running 16” casing using a pick-up sling and 500-ton slip type elevators. The casing threaded connections
5 October 2000

Alert 00 – 32 Stabbing Board Related Incidents

Alert 00 – 32 Stabbing Board Related Incidents WHAT HAPPENED: There have been a number of incidents where personnel have been injured when a stabbing board failed in
5 October 2000

Alert 00 – 31 Drift Dropped from Derrick

Alert 00 – 31 Drift Dropped from Derrick WHAT HAPPENED: The rig crew was drifting 4 ½” tubing while tripping in the hole. While on the board,
5 October 2000

Alert 00 – 30 Serious Fire Extinguisher Alert

Alert 00 – 30 Serious Fire Extinguisher Alert WHAT HAPPENED: Recently a person on Fire Watch was killed when he attempted to use a hand held cartridge
5 September 2000

Alert 00 – 29 3rd Party Handling Tongs Results in Injury

Alert 00 – 29 3rd Party Handling Tongs Results in Injury WHAT HAPPENED: A third party employee attempted to take control from the drill crewmember by grabbing
5 September 2000

Alert 00 – 28 Near Miss – Anti-Two Blocking Devices

Alert 00 – 28 Near Miss – Anti-Two Blocking Devices WHAT HAPPENED: A crane operator was booming down the crane onto the boom rest. As he was
5 September 2000

Alert 00 – 27 Auxiliary Brake

Alert 00 – 27 Auxiliary Brake WHAT HAPPENED: Prior to “Stage 2” of a cement job, the blocks were raised above the casing stump and locked into
5 August 2000

Alert 00 – 26 Unexpected Anchor Release Causes Broken Leg

Alert 00 – 26 Unexpected Anchor Release Causes Broken Leg WHAT HAPPENED: The incident occurred on the deck of the vessel as they were preparing the 2nd
5 August 2000

Alert 00 – 25 Amputation – Fan Blade

Alert 00 – 25 Amputation – Fan Blade WHAT HAPPENED: A mechanic was attempting to rig up a chain hoist above an engine to assist him in
5 August 2000

Alert 00 – 24 Proper Safety Clamp Locations Reduces Damage From High Pressure Hose Failures

Alert 00 – 24 Proper Safety Clamp Locations Reduces Damage From High Pressure Hose Failures WHAT HAPPENED: There have been a number of high-pressure hose failures. Fortunately, on
5 July 2000

Alert 00 – 23 Guardrail Failures

Alert 00 – 23 Guardrail Failures WHAT HAPPENED: Recent offshore accidents, including one fatality, occurred as a result of guardrail failures. In one case, a guardrail failed during
5 July 2000

Alert 00 – 22 LTI Shear Point – Lost Finger

Alert 00 – 22 LTI Shear Point – Lost Finger WHAT HAPPENED: A forklift operator was assisting a crane operator to straighten the cable on the spool
5 July 2000

Alert 00 – 21 Near Miss – Crownout

Alert 00 – 21 Near Miss – Crownout WHAT HAPPENED: While pulling the bottom hole assembly out of the hole, an assistant driller failed to note the
5 July 2000

Alert 00 – 20 Dropped Blocks

Alert 00 – 20 Dropped Blocks WHAT HAPPENED: Crews were preparing to move a rig and, at the time of the incident, the blocks were near the
5 June 2000

Alert 00 – 19 Failure of Annular BOP Element

Alert 00 – 19 Failure of Annular BOP Element WHAT HAPPENED: An Annular BOP was delivered to a rig with a new element installed. When the annular
5 June 2000

Alert 00 – 18 Fatality – Man Struck by Falling Object

Alert 00 – 18 Fatality – Man Struck by Falling Object WHAT HAPPENED: A 700-pound (317.5-kg) rotary base plate was being hoisted from a workboat to an
5 June 2000

Alert 00 – 17 Helicopter Loading / Unloading Practices

Alert 00 – 17 Helicopter Loading / Unloading Practices WHAT HAPPENED: A helicopter arrived at a rig and was met two roustabouts to unload cargo. The pilot
5 June 2000

Alert 00 – 16 Slipping and Cutting Drill Line

Alert 00 – 16 Slipping and Cutting Drill Line WHAT HAPPENED: A rig crew gathered tools and equipment and rigged up to slip and cut the drill
5 May 2000

Alert 00 – 15 Additional Serious Incidents with Mismatched Hammer Unions

Alert 00 – 15 Additional Serious Incidents with Mismatched Hammer Unions WHAT HAPPENED: Although two alerts have been issued on this equipment already, incidents are still occurring
5 May 2000

Alert 00 – 14 Near Fatal Injury when Pipe Dropped from Elevators

Alert 00 – 14 Near Fatal Injury when Pipe Dropped from Elevators WHAT HAPPENED: Several incidents have occurred where 2-7/8″ drill pipe or 2-7/8″ pup joints have
5 May 2000

Alert 00 – 13 Lost Time Incident – Broken Finger

Alert 00 – 13 Lost Time Incident – Broken Finger WHAT HAPPENED: While attempting to remove the BOP remote closing unit from the rig floor during rig
5 April 2000

Alert 00 – 12 Pipe Racking System (PRS) Maintenance Incident

Alert 00 – 12 Pipe Racking System (PRS) Maintenance Incident WHAT HAPPENED: A crewman was changing the rubber stops on the forward Pipe Racking System (PRS) Track
5 April 2000

Alert 00 – 11 Casing Stabbing Basket Incidents

Alert 00 – 11 Casing Stabbing Basket Incidents WHAT HAPPENED: A fatal incident occurred when an employee was folding up the standing platform of the stabbing basket while
5 April 2000

Alert 00 – 10 Worker Killed by Wireline Spool Unit

Alert 00 – 10 Worker Killed by Wireline Spool Unit WHAT HAPPENED: A worker was killed when he was crushed between the spokes of a wireline drum and