Alert 15-05 RWC – Smashed Finger on Tongs


While tripping 5 7/8” drill pipe stands out of the hole, the Injured Person (IP) smashed his finger between the tong latch jaw handle and the tong latch lug jaw. The IP was in the process of helping the tong operator remove the tong from its position onto the drill string. The IP placed his left hand on the latch jaw handle and his right hand on the latch lug jaw when his finger was smashed. IP was taken to the onshore clinic where it was diagnosed that he had multiple fractures on his right ring finger.

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