Working with pressure is one of the high risk tasks in oil and gas industry because enormous force can damage equipment and harm people life. In this 15-second vdo, it shows how quickly thing can turn to be a catastrophic. You need to watch this.
What Can We Learn from This VDO?
What wen well
- No one around the pressure test area
What went wrong
- Pipe blown up
- No barrier tape around
- Equipment damage
- Potential to hurt personnel
What Should We Do To Work Safely With High Pumping Pressure?
- Know the pressure rating of all equipment
- Know the anticipated pressure for the operation
- Ensure all equipment must be inspected as per manufactures’ recommendation
- Good visual inspection of all equipment before starting the job
- Ensure the right procedures are used to connect hoses, chick sands, clamps, etc
- Inspect all hoses and ensure each connection is secured with secondary retention equipment.
- Hammer union connections must be inspected by using “go/no-go” ring to confirm compatibility.
- Barrier tapes must be used to barricade all potential hazard area
- Announcement must be made prior to starting any high pressure operation
- Chicksans must have a secondary retention that is strong enough to stop it from swinging if there is a sudden release of pressure (this is similar to what you see in this VDO).
- Ensure the hose will not be located on the sharp edge because while pumping the line can rub against the sharp edge and it causes host burst.
- Check type of fluid that will be pumped into the system to ensure that it will not cause any damages to the hose/piping.
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