• Published: 20 Jun 2011
  • Incident ID: 3312

Worker's arm caught in mud bucket

Cause & Consequence

  • Handling, lifting or carrying
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Drilling, workover

Incident Info Source

Step change in safety

Specific Incident Equipment

Air operated mud bucket

Lessons Identified

Crew members had not identified that the crew member was working with his arm inside the mud bucket.The air supply design arrangement was inadequate.Poor communications between the IP and other crew members utilising the air supply.The crew were not suitably aware of how to correctly isolate and de-isolate the mud bucket air supply.

Incident Recommendations

Conduct and ensure that training in the safe use of such equipment is adaquate.Paint warning chevrons in the front aspect of the bucket highlighting potential pinch points.Install independant air supplies for other equipment, avoiding the need to disconnect the mud bucket air supply.Modify the controls of the mud bucket so that two valves must be operated simultaneously in order to close the mud bucket.

Rate this alert

Average Rating

Latest Alerts & Moments

Our searchable catalogue of hundreds of Safety Alerts and Safety Moments are all designed as learning resources that can help improve workplace safety.