Alert 14 – 16 Improper Hand Placement Results in Amputation
The rig crew and a 3rd party company were running casing with a Casing Running Tool (CRT). After running the casing to the curve (kick-off point), the slips were set, the elevators were removed, and the CRT was lowered to fill up the casing. As the CRT was nearing the top of the casing in the rotary, a 3rd party casing employee (IP or injured person) grabbed the top of the casing for leverage. In an attempt to gain leverage, he placed part of his fingers inside the casing while pushing the elevator links out of the way with his other hand. As the CRT was lowered, his fingers were trapped between the CRT and the casing resulting in the amputation of his fingertips.