• Published: 27 Jun 2011
  • Incident ID: 3352

BOP Heater Blanket Electrical Short

Cause & Consequence

  • Fire or explosion
Incident Consequence
Not Assigned

Incident Location

Fixed Installation

Incident Activity

Any Activity Type

Incident Info Source


Specific Incident Equipment

BOP heater blanket

Lessons Identified

  • Clean BOP equipment prior to heater installation
  • Warm BOP heater proir to installation
  • Ensure heater units are fastened to BOP properly
  • Ground fault protection must be in place between the power source and the BOP heater
  • Ensure ground fault circuit interrupter is in place when heater is installed
  • Ensure power supply circuit breaker is used properly matched to the maximumsafe operating amperage of the heater sets
  • Do not leave heaters connected to the power supply when not in use
  • To avoid damage, remove heaters from BOP equipment prior to installation or removal from wellhead
  • Do not strike heater unit with tools/equipment and avoind crushing heaters with slings or chains as damage to electrical components could occur

Incident Recommendations

  • Ensure operating instructions are available and reviewed prior to operating any equipment
  • Inspect heater blankets for damage prior to use
  • Ensure a GFCI is installed with BOP heater blankets

Rate this alert

Average Rating

Latest Alerts & Moments

Our searchable catalogue of hundreds of Safety Alerts and Safety Moments are all designed as learning resources that can help improve workplace safety.