Land Rig Worker Sustains Injury Due to Lack of Proper Training

Michael Talve, CEO

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— Updated on January 7, 2022

This case involves an injury to a worker on a land rig. The plaintiff was working on a land rig, and he was repairing a 23-foot pipe. While the operator was handling the machine, he went to raise the pipe, and it was raised in an alleged negligent manner. This caused the pipe to swing and hit the plaintiff in the head and shoulder. He sustained a fractured skull, a dislocated right shoulder, and brain swelling.  The operator had only been there for two weeks and had no previous experience with that type of machinery. The plaintiff alleged that the employer did not train the operators properly and did not take appropriate safety precautions to prevent this type of incident from occurring.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. What are the proper procedures for work on a land rig with regards to training and safety precautions?

Expert Witness Response E-004658

A comprehensive review would be needed to analyze the effectiveness of the preparations and precautions put in place. Relevant documents would include the OSHA report, the internal report of the accident from the company that owns the land rig, and any photos. Those records would be a good starting point for an evaluation. I have a lot of experience with these types of situations, as I have over forty years experience with drilling units, eighteen of which were spent as a drilling superintendent. I was responsible for the procedure, and supervision of the unit, as well as the implementation of a safety management system. As a professional consultant, I have carried out various surveys and inspections of dozens of land drilling sites, as well as audits of their owners’ safety management.

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