'Hands free' system reduces rig injuries

In its drilling operations worldwide, Noble Corp. has reduced reportable hand and finger injuries resulting from material-handling incidents among rig employees by two thirds over a three-year period.Noble managers reported 15 hand injuries resulting from material-handling activities in 2000, 12 in 2001, 9 in 2002, and 2 in the first half of 2003. Noble attributes the dramatic reduction in injuries to three primary factors:1. Mandatory use of taglines to guide crane-delivered cargo from shipping vessels to the rig deck.2. Use of night-vision, closed-circuit television cameras in the boom tips of rig cranes.3. Implementation of a comprehensive safety policy within the company.Closed-circui...

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