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its 2011 Spring Meeting. This meeting provides educational and
networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to
participate in committee meetings that shape the future of the
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Absolved in Death of Contractor Because Plaintiff's Experts Failed to
National-Oilweil Varco, L.P. (NOV)
provided products and services for the oil and gas industry. On October
17, 2006, NOV was in the process of manufacturing a mobile oil and gas
drilling and workover rig. As part of the process, NOV hired Stoehr Wire
Rope of Texas to spool wire rope onto the rig's sand drum. Stoehr sent
its employee, branch manager Michael Blaine, to perform this task.
That same day, at about 11:00 a.m., the spooling of the wire rope from
Blaine's truck to the rig began. Neal Lee, an NOV employee, operated the
sand drum's throttle to make the drum rotate which, in turn, spooled the
rope. After the first layer and most of the second layer were complete,
Blaine complained that something might be wrong with the sand line and
ordered that the spooling operation stop. After an NOV employee went to
the top of the derrick to confirm that the sand line was feeding
properly from Blaine's truck, the spooling resumed. Blaine subsequently
leaned over and reached into the drum. According to uncontroverted
testimony, the wire rope subsequently caught Blaine at the wrist and
pulled him into the drum, killing him. Mr. Blaine’s widow sued for
wrongful death. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of NOV
and the Court of Appeals of Texas (Houston Division) affirmed in
Blaine v. National-Oilwell, L.P. 2010 WL 4951779.
Newly-Developed Load Binders Used with Chain Tie Downs Standard
We are pleased to announce that the
newly-developed Recommended Standard Specification for Load Binders Used
With Chain Tie Downs (WSTDA-T-6), had been approved by the membership
and is being prepared for print. All members should receive a
complimentary copy in the mail by the end of March.
The standard applies to load binders designed to accommodate chain tie
downs for the purpose of securing cargo. This standard recommends
construction as well as identification and marking of these load
binders. In addition, it gives important practical advice on use,
maintenance and inspection of these binders.
Many thanks to WSTDA’s Load Securement Committee and T-6 Task Force for
the countless hours spent on developing this publication.
Welcomes New Members
WSTDA welcomed six new members since we
published the last issue of Uplifting News.