HSE OIS 2/2013
Drill-floor machinery and tubular-handling safety
Automation of drill-floor machinery and tubular-handling equipment has many advantages but it can introduce new hazards. Malfunctions of such machinery and equipment have a high potential for serious injury or fatality.This information sheet provides guidance on managing risks in relation to drill-floor machinery and tubular-handling equipment, both existing and new. It applies both onshore in Great Britain and offshore on the United Kingdom’s Continental Shelf (UKCS), wherever drilling or well work-over is undertaken in relation to the exploitation (including storage) of subterranean hydrocarbons.It is aimed at anyone who has a role in managing the risks associated with drilling systems, specifically users, suppliers and system integrators.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive. Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.