• Published: 12 May 2011
  • Incident ID: 3130

Radial Cutting Torch resulted in an uncontrolled release of energy at surface

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Any Activity Type

Incident Info Source

Halliburton Energy Services Group, Jason Harrower,

Specific Incident Equipment

Radial Cutting Torch

Lessons Identified

These tools are categorized as a class 4 Flammable Solid and are used extensively within the oil industry. The defined operating parameters of using such a tool, state that there should be a minimum of 30 metres dry column below the tool.

Incident Recommendations

• The specific operating manual for any given Radial Cutting Tool should be consulted prior to any casing cut and the appropriate operating procedures followed as part of the task risk assessment.

• If the identified operating parameters cannot be met, then alternative methods, such as mechanical cutters, should be considered.

• A quantity of smoke and flame should be expected when operating these tools, and the task risk assessment should take this into account prior to commencing with the job.

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