• Published: 8 Aug 2012
  • Incident ID: 3446

CT Operator fell from height

Cause & Consequence

  • Fall from height
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Drilling, workover

Lessons Identified

Causes and key findings

■Uncontrolled descent of CT injector and BOP's within the CT lift frame.

■Suspected CTLF main winch Failure.

■IP was man riding on lower part of CTLF to guide BOP stabbing operations.

■IP man riding winch wire became entangled in descending CT BOP, which pulled the IP off the lift frame.

■Man riding winch overloaded and wire unspooled due to winch cable snagging on BOP's and injector head.

■Worksite was made safe, Senior Onshore Management team mobilised to site to commence investigation.

Incident Recommendations

Lessons learned

■Investigation a collaboration between Aker Qserv, rig owner/duty holder and client and remains on-going. S.I slide will be fully updated to reflect conclusions and lessons learned on completion of investigation.

■Winch was returned onshore for testing and strip down to determine failure. Tests conducted and reviewed with winch provider and third party independent.

■Initial findings point to failure of primary failsafe brake

■Secondary method of load control failed due to hydraulic system pressure inadequate to provide continual replenishment of hydraulic oil to the motor and counterbalance valves thus starving the motor/counter balance of oil. This allows the load to drop at a high rate causing cavitation within the motor while the system is in neutral.

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