Published on 15 May 2016 by Tadd Pham
As shown in below figure, the incident was to perform a cold cutting operation to the existing 24” pipeline and more than 11 cuts were safely performed during the project’s execution. The pipe fitter was cutting the 24" pipeline on the dune point as shown. After ending cutting operation using the cold cutting M/C, the pipe suddenly moved vertically about 12" due to the stored residual forces/stresses in the pipe. This movement resulted in hitting the man and tripping him down on the ground.
- Unexpected stored residual forces / stresses in the pipe.
- Inadequate risk assessment.
- Lack of proper support over the pipe-work.
- Job Safety Analysis should consider alternate cutting positions.
- Pipeline energy storage should be evaluated prior to cutting.
- Provide additional methods of supporting and bracing the pipeline.
- What-if strategy!