• Published: 6 Nov 2020

BSEE Alert – 400: Trapped Pressure Ejects Rod From Chamber and Strikes Subsea Technician in the Face

Indicator rod image
Indicator rod image

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object

Description of Incident

During blow-out preventer equipment pressure testing operations, a subsea technician sustained an injury while removing the Hands-Free Goose Neck (HFGN) locking cylinder assembly bolts. The technician was performing a work-around procedure when a sheared indicator rod ejected from the back side of the HFGN cartridge operator, striking the technician’s safety glasses and face. The rod then continued to travel past two supervisors and landed on the upper moon pool platform.

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