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Safety ALERT

SUBJECT: SCOPE: PURPOSE: Sledge Hammer Condition Safety on Location To Alert Our Offshore Personnel of the Potential Safety Hazards of Using the Wrong Hammer For the Wrong Job

Attached is a picture of a hammer that was mobilized as part of the rig up equipment for a foam job. As you can see in the picture, because of the condition of the hammer head, this tool should not have been sent out and actually should have been discarded because of its condition. Hammers made of soft materials such as brass, should not be used by our crews when hammering up high pressure discharge lines because of the potential safety hazards that can occur. These can produce shards of brass that can easily break off and become flying debris that can harm anyone working in the vicinity. This particular hammer broke while in use and the operator informed the customer safety rep about it, who took this picture. According to the operator the hammer was old and in poor condition and in hindsight the tool should never have been sent out in the first place.

All soft metal hammers should be removed from regular duty if to be used for connecting our normal high pressure discharge iron. Brass or other soft metal hammers should only be used when rigging up in areas where there may be gas present which could be a potential fire hazard and a spark is not desired. If the soft metal hammers are used, be sure that they are maintained so areas on the head that have been flattened out by repeated use are periodically removed before they become a safety hazard. Approved hammers can be secured through our Procurement Department. Select the correct hammer for the type of work it will be used for and for the area it will be used in.

September 2010