A serious near miss occurred recently while laying down 3.5” tubing on an offshore rig. This incident could have been avoided if a simple safety device was installed in the elevator hinge pin. The rig employee operating the air hoist lifted a joint of 3.5” tubing from the mouse hole using a single joint elevator. After installing the thread
protector and while laying down the tubing, the elevator struck the top of the V-door. The hinge pin was knocked out of the elevator hinge, the hinge opened and the tubing slid down the V-door along the catwalk and came to rest on the main deck.