Alert 13 – 27 Pipe Dropped from Side Door Elevator


While pulling and laying down 4 1/2″ (11cm) tubulars, a crew member closed and secured the elevators with the verification pin and the Driller hoisted the tubing up to the next connection to be broken. Once the connection was landed in the slips, the tongs were engaged and the connection was backed out. A crew member grabbed the tubing and began to guide it to the lay-down machine. He was in the process of asking the Driller to hoist the tubing up when it fell down to the stabbing mat and came to rest against the rig floor. The rig crew members observed that the elevator was open with the verification pin still in the hole in which it had been placed.

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