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RWC – Caught between: Finger smashed by tooling

IADC has recently published a safety alert in which a crewman suffered multiple fractures on his right ring finger. His hand was caught in the jaws of a tong latch device used to handle drill pipe.

The immediate causes of the incident were found to be:

  • Inappropriate or incorrect tools used for the job;
  • Procedures not followed – handles (green in illustration) were provided but were not used;
  • Complacency – no Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) was performed as the task was seen as ‘routine’;
  • The tooling was so placed such that the supervising driller could not see what was going on.

The report can be downloaded from

Members may wish to review the following similar incidents (search words: caught, finger):

Members should be aware that IMCA has a pocket safety card on this topic – Watch your hands.

Safety Event

Published: 22 October 2015
Download: IMCA SF 16/15

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