Alert 13 – 20 Dropped Object Results in Near Miss
A half-moon clamp insert weighing 1.9kg (4.9lbs) had been identified as redundant equipment and was being removed from a hose. The work party, who removed the clamp, was not aware that the assembly contained inserts. It was assumed that the inserts were integral to the swaged end fitting of the hose. However, the inserts were held on by friction and had “weathered” in place. Two days later, one of the clamp inserts fell 12 meters (39 feet) from the compensator fluid hose to the drill floor. Even though this incident could have resulted in a fatality, no personnel were struck by the dropped object and the remaining half-moon insert was safely removed and brought to the drill floor.