Pipe Blown Up While Pumping

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?

pipe blown up

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).

secondary retention 1


  • 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.

What are your opinions?

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7 Responses to Pipe Blown Up While Pumping

  1. Micheal Keith says:

    Also the 3″ 1502 milk bottles should be inspected I feel every six months using Magnetic Particle Inspection for cracks in the radius where the retainer segments rest.

  2. Hussein says:

    I wish you to make the same pipe blown up but with safety cable installed, to see the difference.

  3. Phil Stewart says:

    People who do not under stand pressure should not be let near Chicanas I have seen supervisors going in to close

    • Micheal Hayes says:

      You especially don’t want to be around the Chicanas if you don’t have enough pesos to last the night! (Heh!)

  4. Dennis says:

    This video is short and sweet but does not show the devastation that can occur when energized lines blow up. You really need to watch the old Dowell video called there are no clowns to get the full respect of what can happen.
    Steel cable restraints are a joke to safely secure an energized line you need Kevlar restraints.

  5. I agree with all recomendation for safety, but we can add a safety meeting with the crew involved in job prior to start operations.

  6. Malcolm says:

    Could not agree more. Tests run by FMC showed that current steel restraints will not stop or restrict the movement of a blown line even with all unions and piping being 100%. Have not heard about the Kevlar restraints though.

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