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An operations manager for a well servicing company in Texas, died when a length of pipe mounted on top of a skid-mounted mud pump broke loose and struck him in the head.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 99TX467, 1999 Aug; :1-4
On October 29, 1998, a 63 year-old male operations manager (the victim) died when a length of pipe mounted on top of a skid-mounted mud pump broke loose and struck him in the head. The work crew was in the process of sealing a well. They had finished pumping in cement and were starting to pump in water to displace the cement down to 10,000 feet. As the operations manager leaned over and looked into one of the two mud mixing tanks, he was struck on the side of the head by a length of pipe (return line) from the pump that had not been secured. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure all piping (discharge and return lines) that are mounted on top of mud pump tanks are secured. 2. Develop a checklist for mud pump operators and supervisors to ensure that all the steps necessary to conduct a cementing operation have been performed.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Supervisory-personnel; Oil-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99TX467; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission