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Accident injures crane operator

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2006

 

  The twisted boom of a crane sits atop equipment at a Marathon Oil Co. gas well in Kenai Tuesday afternoon. Photo by M. Scott Moon

The twisted boom of a crane sits atop equipment at a Marathon Oil Co. gas well in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

One person was taken to the hospital after a crane working on a Marathon Oil Co. natural gas well near Kenai twisted and broke Friday afternoon.

The crane operator fell approximately five to six feet from the cab of the crane, injuring his shoulder, said Kenai Assistant Fire Chief James Baisden.

Authorities and Marathon would not confirm the identity of the crane operator, but Marathon spokesperson Paul Weeditz said the operator was an employee for Durainey’s Crane Service Inc. Durainey’s also refused to confirm the operator’s identity.

The well is secure and no gas was released into the environment, Weeditz said.

The crane and the twisted black metal of the crane’s boom remain at the scene of the accident at Marathon’s Cannery Loop Production Facility at the end of Cannery Road pending investigation.

When the accident occurred, one Durainey and several Marathon and BJ Services Co. employees were performing general maintenance on the well, Weeditz said.

No one contacted at Durainey’s or BJ Services was would comment on the accident.

Weeditz said he could not offer any details until an investigation had been completed, but said the workers’ operations involved coiled tubing and that other associated well services equipment was damaged in addition to the crane.

The Kenai Fire Department received the accident call reporting at 12:13 p.m. and the crane operator was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital for treatment, Baisden said.

A Marathon worker, also present when the accident occurred, slipped on ice and fell but was not taken to the hospital, Weeditz said.



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