Alert 11 – 06 Near-Hit Incident – Dropped Object Pipe Handling Push-Arm Fell to the Rig Floor
While drilling a 12 ¼” hole, the driller observed the unused Safety Push Arm fall 15 feet (4.5 meters) onto the rig floor just in front of the Driller’s cabin. The arm caused dents to the rig floor cover plates. There were five (5) rig floor workers in the vicinity working near the V-Door, but luckily no one was injured and no other equipment was damaged. The piece of equipment that fell measured 12’ 6” long and 8” X 8” wide, weighing 882lbs. It had the potential to cause fatalities.