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DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
A service rig and well site pumping unit sustained extensive damage when the rig was pulled over onto its side.
The incident occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer picker unit drove over the service rig’s escape line and
anchor. The driver’s side front hydraulic stabilizer ram snagged the 9/16 inch escape line. The anchor lodged
between the truck’s rear passenger dual tires and mud flap. As the picker truck drove off location, the escape
line pulled the rig over.
WHAT CAUSED IT:
The rig crew was in the process of shutting down operations for the day. The crew moved the crew truck that
had been parked on the anchor. In addition, the rig lights had been turned off for the night. This practice is
designed to prevent vandalism. The picker truck operator did not complete a job site hazard assessment upon
arrival. Job site hazard assessments contain potential hazards and associated controls to prevent incidents.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDED:
The picker truck driver routinely reversed the unit out and away from the service rig. However, due to dark and foggy
conditions, the driver decided to drive his unit forward and around the service rig.
An inspection of the picker unit after the incident revealed that the outside lights on the four headlight system were
malfunctioning. Only the inside high beam bulbs were working at the time of the incident.
Description of Incident:
A crew was conducting well kill operations on a sweet oil well. A worker was
monitoring the return flow to the service rig trough from on top of the rig tank. When
the returns became gassier, the return flow was opened to the degasser section of
the rig tank and the trough flow was pinched in slightly. The rig manager proceeded to
the top of the rig tank stairs where his personal gas monitor immediately began to
alarm on high LEL (lower explosive limit). The rig manager looked up to observe both
the rig tank and the worker on the rig tank being engulfed in flames.
The worker standing on top of the rig tank jumped over the handrail to the ground,
and suffered a broken hand from the landing. The flash fire resulted in minor burns to
the worker’s face, chest, back and thighs, and extensive burns to the forearms which
required skin grafting surgery and 18 days in the hospital. The rig manager jumped off
the stairs and was not injured in the event.
The poorly terminated wire was hanging freely and made periodic contact with a
barbed wire strand two inches below the electrified wire. This contact between the two
wires created a spark, which ignited the gassy oil returns to the rig tank as they
vented from the open top of the tank.
Contributing factors included:
• The electrified fence was not identified as a potential source of ignition
• The power jumper wire was not properly terminated according to manufacturer
• The corporate and contractor PPE policy was not adhered to: the worker’s sleeves
were rolled up past the elbows leaving the forearms exposed to intense heat and
• The worker was not wearing a personal gas monitor to warn of potentially explosive
• Site Specific Hazard Assessments should include a physical search for other
potential sources of ignition on or near the work site perimeter. Land owners may be
consulted if these potential sources of ignition are found to exist near the operated
• The operating company has reviewed and identified the types of operations that may
have potential for gas to surface equipment and has implemented an administrative
control for keeping personnel out of the potential hot zone
• All personnel working on or near the rig tank should use personal gas monitors to
warn of high LEL environments
• All personnel are required to wear fire retardant coveralls as designed to minimize
the amount of exposed skin
Description of Incident:
A three-person crew left a well site location at 7:00 am during daylight hours with clear visibility. The
highway was covered with snow and icy patches. The crew drove for approximately 15 minutes
when they crested a long, low-angle hill. As they began to descend the other side, a third party
pickup truck that was ascending the hill from the other direction lost control and skidded sideways
across the center line and into their lane. The driver of the three-person crew immediately steered
hard to the right, but did not have enough time or space to avoid a collision. The third party truck was
struck on the passenger side door, with the initial impact coming primarily from the front driver side
of the crew vehicle. The incident resulted in three fatalities: the two occupants of the third party truck,
and the crew’s driver.
Investigation provided the following recommendations:
Drive defensively and expect the unexpected. Remember, third party drivers are unpredictable.
Be aware that although people may have experience with winter driving conditions, they are out-of-practice
at the beginning of the winter season and their skill level is lower. This is evidenced by the increased driving
incidents following the first snow fall.
Even with experienced drivers, driving speeds must be adjusted to allow adequate time and space to react
When ascending or descending snow and ice-covered hills, keep a steady pace and do not accelerate
excessively which can cause loss of traction. Pick-ups should have added weight in the truck bed and be in
Always drive to the speed of the road conditions, which is not necessarily the posted speed limit.
Firemaster was pleased to co-host the Fore the Kids Fall Class Golf Tournament. Firemaster, Betts Drilling and Sterling Chemicals would like to thank our Clients and Sponsors for making the tournament a huge success. We raised over $32,000.00 to be split between The Big Give Project and Operation Rainbow.
About our Charities
The Big Give Project
The Big Give’s vision is simple: To level the playing field by removing financial concerns from Calgarian student-athletes decision to participate in sport. Our support branches from individuals to sports clubs, programs, and facilities.
We have separated these different needs into our three pillars of focus, Baseline, Growth, and Sustainability. Through them, we aim to enhance our cities sporting environment as a whole in order to create the greatest opportunity for Calgary youth to thrive as student-athletes.
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Operation Rainbow Canada is a private, all volunteer non-profit medical services organization which functions without paid staff and provides free reconstructive surgery and related health care for cleft lip and cleft palate deformities to needy children and young adults in developing countries.
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