Alert 04 – 11 Management of Change Tong Snub-Line Removal Results in an Injury
The Drill crew was preparing to test BOP and the Driller instructed the crew that he was going to make up the TDS and would require back-up tongs on the drill pipe. The tongs were placed on the pipe and the TDS spin function engaged to make up the connection. As the connection neared complete make-up, the tongs spun around with no snub-line attached and the tong operator was caught between the breakout line and the drill pipe. The employee received minor injuries, but the potential for catastrophic injury was high.