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Reflective Tape on Finger Latches


An overview of an IADC alert from 2015 where finger latches failed and a fatality resulted. During tubular handling, most rigs use a system of visual back up or CCTV system but ADC have found whilst conducting inspections, on more than one occasion, it was not possible to see the position of fingers from a position outside the red zone. Alistair suggested a simple solution that he had witnessed at an IADC event where Noble used reflective tape on the finger latches on their rigs. This simple product appears very effective and Alistair asked if the broader DROPS community have any experience or feedback.

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18 Dec 2017