• Published: 26 May 2011
  • Incident ID: 3186

Serious Thumb Injury whilst tool handling

Cause & Consequence

  • Handling, lifting or carrying
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Drilling, workover

Incident Info Source

Inglis, Robert (GE Infra, VG Oil & Gas) []

Specific Incident Equipment

Any equipment that inherently has or could create a gap, when handled, where personnel may trap hands or fingers

Lessons Identified

Tag Line or similar not utilised, as a consequence the operator had to manually manipulate the tool.No 'pinch points' identified in the Risk Assessment.Hand safety campaign not rolled out to employees locally.Medical emergency evacuation plan was not clear for this location

Incident Recommendations

Recommunicate existing procedures that may apply to the handling of 'live loads'Ensure 'Hand Safety' campaign rolled out to every worksite.Review the validity and content of risk assisment.Engineer a safe mechanism to retain securely the moving part of this tool.Emergency plans to be re-established for this and similar worksites.

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