• Published: 13 Mar 2017
  • Incident ID: 4044

Top Drive damage - drilling operations

Cause & Consequence

  • Contact with something fixed or stationary

Contributing Factor

  • Change management

Description of Process

Drill floor operations - Top Drive

Immediately prior to back reaming a stand of drill pipe that had just been drilled down, the torque tube of the PH85 pipe handler caught on the splines of the upper IBOP causing catastrophic damage to the pipe handler.

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