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Petroleum & Gas Inspectorate | Alert | No.99 V 2 | 22 April 2022

Unplanned release of joint from elevators during CSG drilling operations

What happened?

An uncontrolled opening of the elevators occurred during drilling operations, resulting in a joint being released. The joint fell back, resting on the pipe arm. No persons were injured and there was no equipment damage.

How did it happen?

The incident was caused by a suspected electrical issue (still under investigation).

Key issues

Critical controls


General advise to industry

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

Authorised by Bill Date - Chief Inspector – Petroleum & Gas

Contact: Tony Willis, Manager, Investigations , 07 5459 6191

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.

All information on this page (Unplanned release of joint from elevators during CSG drilling operations - is correct as of time of printing (24 May 2022 4:26 pm).