During the execution of a cementing job, the slurry was batch mixed in one 100 bbl Batch Mixer with two agitators. The assistant cementer used a rope with a can to take a sample of the slurry inside the tank. The can / rope became wrapped around one of the agitator¿s shafts.
The employee who was using proper PPE managed to release the rope from his left hand, however the rope was pulled across his right hand (like a sheave), tearing through the polka dot glove and causing serious damage to 3 fingers and his palm. Due to the severity of the injury, his little and ring finger and part of his right hand were amputated.
- STOP the practice of using a rope to take samples in any vessel with paddles or agitator
- Install proper sampling point on all Batch Mixers or vessels
- If the previous actions are not possible, the sampling process must befollowed after shutting off the paddles using a pole with can attached