Worker injured in drilling rig rollov...

Worker injured in drilling rig rollover on damaged road

There are 95 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Worker injured in drilling rig rollover on damaged road. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

An Aztec Well Servicing Co. worker was listed in good condition Wednesday after a drilling rig he operated rolled off a narrow land bridge Tuesday at a well site near Navajo City.

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uncivil

Midland, TX

#1 Apr 2, 2009
It was the road, not the lack of safety training, that caused the accident. Inability to recognize the hazard had nothing to do with the rollover.
Jason Sandel said, "Move along, nothing to see here."
janice

Farmington, NM

#2 Apr 2, 2009
you mean there is still oilfield work going on?
chief bowels

Tuba City, AZ

#3 Apr 2, 2009
give him a drug screen, that's s.o.p.
Still amazing

United States

#4 Apr 2, 2009
uncivil wrote:
It was the road, not the lack of safety training, that caused the accident. Inability to recognize the hazard had nothing to do with the rollover.
Jason Sandel said, "Move along, nothing to see here."
Just like always, Aztec has more accidents/injuries/deaths than any two contractors, but, it is always someone else's fault. Funny thing, BP and Conoco Phillips turn a blind eye. Maybe the political thing with Sandel? Lots of contractors have a better safety record, yet, Aztec gets the work.
JOEY

Rio Rancho, NM

#5 Apr 2, 2009
Why dont they buy some rigs like h&p
rig daddy

Rio Rancho, NM

#6 Apr 2, 2009
That cdl is really paying off.
JOSH

Rio Rancho, NM

#7 Apr 2, 2009
I use to drive older rigs like that about 10 years ago it was scary.
Just Me

Scottsdale, AZ

#8 Apr 2, 2009
How about a picture of the road?

Since: Mar 09

Farmington, nm

#9 Apr 2, 2009
First, I glad that the driver wasn't killed in this accident. Second, the driver is not at fault here, he was driving the rig.

They got the rig into the location and over the land bridge without rolling it. Was the ground frozen when they pulled the rig onto location. Was there any sign of unstability at that time.

The Company Man probably should have done a hazard assesment after the conditions had changed due to the weather yesterday.

But, how easy is it for us to play Monday morning quarterback?

Also, AWS dose operate more rigs in this area than any other company and they handle a majority of the well work in the area.

H&P is a drilling company. AWS is operating work over rigs.

Just some fact for you who just automaticly pour out junk.
scott m

United States

#10 Apr 2, 2009
and 4 drilling rigs....well 3 now!
Saint_

Boulder, CO

#11 Apr 2, 2009
janice wrote:
you mean there is still oilfield work going on?
We have to get oil for the Hippies dreadlocks somewhere don't we? Solar power sounds good but we have enough pipedreams floating around(thanks to Ocommie) taht we don't need to subscribe to any more
reality

Farmington, NM

#12 Apr 2, 2009
I am glad the driver is OK, but AWS does not care about the people who work for them. They talk the talk but when it comes down to it all they care about is keeping money coming in. They do safety meetings but then don't follow the safety guidelines set up. Just a Show!

“Living life is a 24/7 Gig”

Since: Jan 09

Uptown, S. of Downtown,NM

#13 Apr 2, 2009
Oil and Gas commission to require "training wheels" on all rigs crossing land brides.
Still amazing

United States

#14 Apr 2, 2009
JasonsPerspective wrote:
First, I glad that the driver wasn't killed in this accident. Second, the driver is not at fault here, he was driving the rig.
They got the rig into the location and over the land bridge without rolling it. Was the ground frozen when they pulled the rig onto location. Was there any sign of unstability at that time.
The Company Man probably should have done a hazard assesment after the conditions had changed due to the weather yesterday.
But, how easy is it for us to play Monday morning quarterback?
Also, AWS dose operate more rigs in this area than any other company and they handle a majority of the well work in the area.
H&P is a drilling company. AWS is operating work over rigs.
Just some fact for you who just automaticly pour out junk.
You might want to update your facts, Aztec also operates drilling rigs, in fact the one wrecked is/was a drilling rig. The company man is not the one to make the road condition assessment, the rig driver needs to do that.
a contractor

Aztec, NM

#15 Apr 2, 2009
reality wrote:
I am glad the driver is OK, but AWS does not care about the people who work for them. They talk the talk but when it comes down to it all they care about is keeping money coming in. They do safety meetings but then don't follow the safety guidelines set up. Just a Show!
AWS, as well as other contractors can only provide the tools. The "people" have to use them. You make it sound like the owners/management are responsible. Any company is only as good as its people. I believe all companies attempt to "take care" of the people as the people are the business. As for money, money is what makes the world go around. With our current government, and it seams the majority of "people" we are trying to become a kept society. That costs money, so we better hope that companies like AWS make money for the "government" to take and share.
oil company

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Apr 2, 2009
Why dont aztec well service take a step in the right direction and buy some super singles and be done with it.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#17 Apr 2, 2009
Still amazing wrote:
<quoted text>Just like always, Aztec has more accidents/injuries/deaths than any two contractors, but, it is always someone else's fault. Funny thing, BP and Conoco Phillips turn a blind eye. Maybe the political thing with Sandel? Lots of contractors have a better safety record, yet, Aztec gets the work.
How is it a blind eye when he presented it at the Four Corners Safety Council this morning? The presentation was on a very large screen and Jason Sandel was giving the presentation...so...how would that be turning a blind eye if the president of Conoco Phillips was there during this presentation as well? Answer that! You dont know what your talking about!
Actually

Bloomfield, NM

#18 Apr 2, 2009
The truth is that there should be at least 3 route surveys done before a rig moves. First the company man and the rig pusher ride the route out and identify the hazards. Second some companies have a safety Weser run the route out and identify the hazards. Next the trucking company who is contracted to move that rig runs the route out and usually makes the call whether or not it is safe to move. So yes the company man is involved.....my question who is the trucking company that did the route survey to move the rig? They are the ones who supply the escorts for the rig move.
Oilfield and Proud

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Apr 2, 2009
You would be hard pressed to find any company here in the San Juan Basin that invests more time, money, or personnel into its safety program. The Senior Management at AWS delivers one message which is loud and clear "Getting people hurt is simply unacceptable". A Contractor said it right when he said "contractors can only provide the tools. The "people" have to use them". Usually when an accident or incident occurs you'll find that there is a policy in place that covers that situation but it wasn't followed, or the correct tool that should have been used and wasn't. Every company has employees who no matter how hard you try to entice, persuade, lead, inspire or threaten to do the job the right way will ultimatly take a shortcut as soon as they feel that supervision is no longer around. Those are the people that just don't get it! They don't get that one shortcut can keep them from going home again.....ever, or worse they take a shortcut that injures or kills a fellow co-worker. Those types of employees refuse to accept personal accountability for their own safety and well-being so they sure don't care about anybody elses. I can tell you that as those type of individuals are identified within AWS or any of its affiliated companies they are given their walking papers. AWS has a strong safety culture that they have been nurturing for years and nothing is more devistating to that culture than an employee who refuses to take personal accountability. As I read some of these posts that lash out at AWS or contractors I realize that I can read between the lines and get their message....at one time or another THEY were that employee who doesn't care and were given their walking papers. this is their soapbox to try and strike back.
Yes multiple route assessments are done prior to a rig move, and I'm sure that will be examined in the incident investigation. Hindsight is 20/20 so its very easy to sit there and say that obviously lack of hazard identification has to be the cause of this accident, but if the road appeared fine when you approached it how many would say "hey, WHAT IF this road falls apart as I drive across?" How many people would stop their vehicle and inspect the road for damage that wouldn't be visible to the naked eye anyways? I don't think anybody would!
Oilfield and Proud

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Apr 2, 2009
JOSH wrote:
I use to drive older rigs like that about 10 years ago it was scary.
That "older rig" is only about 2 years old!!

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