Safety Alert – Watch The Sea When Lifting

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Feb 132010

image Two recent incidents have highlighted hazards associated with unexpected worsening in sea-state during lifting operations, warns Oil & Gas UK. Lifting operations are one of the most hazardous operations conducted on offshore facilities and require careful planning, identification of the hazards, assessment of risks and implementation of appropriate controls. It is important that any changes in circumstances, such as congested lifting areas and potential changes in sea-state which could lead to unpredicted movement of a suspended load, are given appropriate consideration in the task safety analysis.

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Safety Alert – Crushed Unloading Hydrovac Truck

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Feb 052010

Rear door configuration of a typical hydrovac truck. Note crush point.

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and Enform have issued a safety alert regarding a fatal incident involving a hydrovac truck: While dumping the contents of a hydrovac unit, a swamper was killed when he was caught in the closing hydrovac tank door.

What Went Wrong?:

The truck operator and swamper were offloading the contents of the hydrovac truck at a designated area. The hydrovac truck tank had been elevated and the rear door was opened to allow the crew to clean out the tank.

The workers had cleaned the tank and had both stepped down from the rear tank access platforms, also known as beavertails.

The operator walked around to the driver’s side of the truck to access the hydraulic control levers located directly behind the cab of the truck.

Unknown to the truck operator, the swamper had climbed back up onto the right, rear beavertail and became caught in the swing radius of the rear tank door as it was closing.

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