• Published: 17 Jun 2011
  • Incident ID: 3229

NEAR MISS New Fall Protection Equipment Failure

Cause & Consequence

  • Failure of PPE/RPE
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Drilling, workover

Incident Info Source

Step change in safety

Specific Incident Equipment

Pass Through Tie Off Adaptor, a new item of fall restraint was being used to secure the derrickman to an anchor point. The webbing 'adaptor' is made of a webbing sling 3" wide and 2' in length, the webbing is passed through a 'D' ring where it should be glued and stitched, but this particular adaptor had not been stitched. The adaptor failed as soon as the derrickman created strain on it, the glue was not capable of the strain

Lessons Identified

The supply chain failed to identify the flaw, this being missed from the manufactirer of the item to the user of the item.

Incident Recommendations

It is the responsibility of the end user to ensure he/she has checked any safety equipment prior to use.

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