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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6 June 1999

Alert 99 – 18 Power Tong Incident

Alert 99 – 18 Power Tong Incident WHAT HAPPENED: The power tongs became stuck while tripping out of the hole. The floorman, who had his back to
6 May 1999

Alert 99 – 17 Rig Collapse with Fatalities and Injuries

Alert 99 – 17 Rig Collapse with Fatalities and Injuries WHAT HAPPENED: During the final stages of rigging-up operations, a offshore platform rig collapsed, resulting in 3
6 May 1999

Alert 99 – 16 Ladder Safety

Alert 99 – 16 Ladder Safety WHAT HAPPENED: A fiberglass A-frame ladder split halfway up the ridge of the leg rail, causing a worker on the ladder
6 May 1999

Alert 99 – 15 Handrail Inspections and Safety

Alert 99 – 15 Handrail Inspections and Safety WHAT HAPPENED: A rig was being rigged down and four employees were unhooking the mudline to stack out for transport.
6 April 1999

Alert 99 – 14 Rigging Down Safety

Alert 99 – 14 Rigging Down Safety WHAT HAPPENED: During rig-down, all sections of the mast had been dismantled and only the lower sections remained pinned to the
6 April 1999

Alert 99 – 13 Using Equipment Under Pressure

Alert 99 – 13 Using Equipment Under Pressure WHAT HAPPENED: Two persons were injured while using a hydraulic torque tool to break out bonnet bolts on BOP’s.
6 April 1999

Alert 99 – 12 Identifying Control Panel Valves

Alert 99 – 12 Identifying Control Panel Valves WHAT HAPPENED: The crew reported to work without one crewmember. The rig supervisor assisted the crew in making a connection.
6 March 1999

Alert 99 – 11 Drill Pipe Slips

Alert 99 – 11 Drill Pipe Slips WHAT HAPPENED: 1. Incident No. 1 – Employee caught his hand between the drill pipe slips and the elevators during a
6 March 1999

Alert 99 – 10 Manual Tong Safety

Alert 99 – 10 Manual Tong Safety WHAT HAPPENED: The IADC Health, Safety and Environment Committee’s Safety Engineering by Design Sub-committee has identified the following concerns and recommendations
6 March 1999

Alert 99 – 09 Brake Linkage Failure

Alert 99 – 09 Brake Linkage Failure WHAT HAPPENED: The drill crew was preparing to pull the drill string from the well to log it. The drill
6 February 1999

Alert 99 – 08 Air Hoist Safety

Alert 99 – 08 Air Hoist Safety WHAT HAPPENED: A handling sub was being lifted from its storage area on the rig floor next to the handrails.
6 February 1999

Alert 99 – 07 Crane Collapses on Location

Alert 99 – 07 Crane Collapses on Location WHAT HAPPENED: A rig had an incident involving the cranes while rigging up. The mast had been positioned and
6 February 1999

Alert 99 – 06 Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Alert 99 – 06 Lockout/Tagout Procedures WHAT HAPPENED: After making a connection, the driller inadvertently kicked in the main pump from the driller’s console while the toolpusher and
6 January 1999

Alert 99 – 05 Wire Rope Failure

Alert 99 – 05 Wire Rope Failure WHAT HAPPENED: A floorman was moving a drill pipe hydraulic torque wrench over to some subs on the rig floor
6 January 1999

Alert 99 – 04 Rig Tong Snub Lines

Alert 99 – 04 Rig Tong Snub Lines WHAT HAPPENED: During an inspection on a rig, the rig company found that the rig was using incorrect size
6 January 1999

Alert 99 – 03 Traveling Block-Crown Incident

Alert 99 – 03 Traveling Block-Crown Incident WHAT HAPPENED: An incident occurred where the traveling block bumped the crown on a drilling rig. The Crown-A-Matic was properly set
6 January 1999

Alert 99 – 02 Forklift Accident

Alert 99 – 02 Forklift Accident WHAT HAPPENED: A crew was in the process of rigging up a rig on location. They were attempting to attach the
6 January 1999

Alert 99 – 01 More on Fall Protection

Alert 99 – 01 More on Fall Protection WHAT HAPPENED: An accident occurred on board a MODU that was anchored offshore. The rig was conducting mobilization/commissioning activities in
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 33 Fatality – Contract Welder

Alert 98 – 33 Fatality – Contract Welder WHAT HAPPENED: A contactor welder was fatally injured while welding the swedge on the drive pipe in preparation to nipple
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 26 More on Casing Safety

Alert 98 – 26 More on Casing Safety WHAT HAPPENED: After running all 9-5/8″ casing, the 10-3/4″ 500-ton elevator was rigged up with the operating lever facing the
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 25 Full Body Harness Safety

Alert 98 – 25 Full Body Harness Safety WHAT HAPPENED: A rig crew was tripping drill pipe into the hole. The elevators were coming up through the
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 24 The Millennium Bug

Alert 98 – 24 The Millennium Bug WHAT HAPPENED: On 1 January 2000, every computer — and computer chip — in the world will need to recognize
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 22 Lightning Protection

Alert 98 – 22 Lightning Protection WHAT HAPPENED: Lightning struck a drilling rig, causing a failure of the electronic Pit Volume Totalizer (PVT) system. One mud pump was
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 21 Welding Shop Trash Cans

Alert 98 – 21 Welding Shop Trash Cans WHAT HAPPENED: A garbage can located in the welding shop of an offshore rig caught fire. The can was
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 20 Flush Mounted Slips

Alert 98 – 20 Flush Mounted Slips WHAT HAPPENED: A contractor encountered an incident involving the use of Flush Mounted Slips (FMS), which resulted in the release of
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 19 Fall Protection

Alert 98 – 19 Fall Protection WHAT HAPPENED: After being released from a daywork contract, the crew was preparing to move the rig to a new drill
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 18 Crane Rig-Up/Rig-Down Safety

Alert 98 – 18 Crane Rig-Up/Rig-Down Safety WHAT HAPPENED: While it was being dismantled, a portable crane fell on an offshore platform. Three contractor employees were seriously injured
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 17 Crew Boat Safety

Alert 98 – 17 Crew Boat Safety WHAT HAPPENED: A crewmember on a crew boat was doing a routine checkup below deck. With workers on the open
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 16 Stored Energy Hazards

Alert 98 – 16 Stored Energy Hazards WHAT HAPPENED: A rig worker was seriously injured when the cap at the end of a top drive accumulator blew
6 May 1998

Alert 98 – 15 Trapped Fluid Hazards

Alert 98 – 15 Trapped Fluid Hazards WHAT HAPPENED: A motorman was removing a threaded two-inch to one-inch swedge from a two-inch ball valve and nipple. The swedge