Safety Tips While Drilling A Well

21 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you are the manager of a company that specializes in drilling wells, there's a good chance that you want to get the job done as fast as possible. However, you also know that taking appropriate safety precautions is critical in order to make sure that you don't have high employee turnover and are able to keep all of your employees happy and healthy. Here are some tips for making drilling a well safer for your employees.

1. Attach a Tail Rope to the Spinning Chain

When you start the rotary drill, you might notice that you sometimes have to interact with the spinning chain. This can be very dangerous due to the fact that the spinning chain is moving at a speed that could cause injury, especially if the hands that are working with the chain are unprotected. In order to make sure that the chain stays hands-free, attach a tail rope to it. This will allow you to make sure that your employees never have to go anywhere near it. It will also serve as a visual reminder about the dangers of the spinning chain. All of this will help make your well drilling site a safer place.

2. Control the Mud

Excess mud from drilling is a gigantic pain. It can cause your employees to lose their footing because it makes the ladder or rigging slippery. It can also get on the skin of your workers and, due to the fact that it is heated from the kinetic energy that drilling resulted in, could cause burns or rashes. You can avoid dealing with this by having a mud control system. This could include constant usage of a mud bucket to redirect excess mud from the drill into a rotary table. It could also include closing the mud saver valve if you are using a kelly in order to control when and where the mud is released.

3. Keep the Area Around the Rotary Table Clear

Finally, be sure that you keep the area around the rotary table clear when you are adding pipe to the string. This will allow you to ensure that the pipe is able to added to the string without the risk of your employees falling and injuring themselves as the pipe is fitted together. Have a mop or a dry brush on hand to remove excess mud and other materials.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in drilling, such as Hudson Valley Drilling.