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Alert ID: 
Description of Process: 

The riser assembly was being lifted by the rig floor tugger.

The riser became jammed due to alignment issues.

Description of Incident: 

The tugger operator attempted to lift the riser when the supervisor was holding the wire

The wire rotated rapidly, snagging the supervisor’s gloved hand

Good Practice Guidance: 
  • Toolbox talk: the risks of the rotating wire hazard was not raised
  • Normalisation of risk: the supervisor put himself in the line of fire
  • Communication failure: a lift was attempted whilst the supervisor was in the line of fire
  • No dynamic risk assessment: no-one stopped the job, even after two unsuccessful lifts
Causes and consequences of incident or accident: 
Moving machinery or material being machined
Moving, flying or falling object
Handling, lifting or carrying
Contributing factor: 
Control of work