How to Work With Casing Slips Safely
When you go to work, or when your employees go to work, you need them to be safe. For example, when you work in retail or the food industry, you need to make sure there isn’t water on the floor someone could slip on. It’s the same thing with the oil industry. Except for when you work in oil and gas, you need to make sure that your casing slips are intact.
What are Casing Slips?
Essentially, casing slips keep the drilling assembly from falling into the well you’re extracting oil from. Without casing slips the drilling assembly could fall through the drilling hole, causing potential injuries, not to mention thousands of dollars of damages.
Casing slips grip different types of tubulars to secure it in the rotary table and enable connecting and disconnecting. The slip carries the entire weight of the string or singular tubular to keep it from falling into the drilling hole.
The way casing slips are manufactured and used is essential to any drilling project. Slips are made of steel wedges which are then hinged together so they can fit around the OD of a tubular. When the tubular is attached to the rotary, the slips will securely fit in between the OD of the tubular and the rotary bushings.
Increasing Safety with Casing Slips
Before you start any project, the casing slips should be thoroughly inspected for damage or wear and tear; the most important area to focus on is the toe of the slip. Other things you will want to look for are sharpness, correct size and of course ensuring the parts are from the same manufacture. Although less upstanding manufactures will assure you their parts will fit, it’s best to keep them updated from the same high-quality manufacture like Texas International.
If your casing slips don’t check out, you need to replace them. Working on a drilling project with less than perfect casing slips can be disastrous to your oilfield equipment and the people working on it.
vAnother thing to consider when looking to improve the safety of your worksite is the automation of casing slips. Not only does the automation of the casing slips create a more efficient work environment, but it also contributes to the safety of the team. When casing slips are automated, workers don’t have to place their hands on the potentially dangerous tools and rotary.
As technology continues to evolve, there will be more and more strides in the industry to improve safety when working with casing slips. The best practices we listed above however, will keep your worksite and employees safe on the job, which is the most important thing. If your casing slips need to be replaced with new ones, give us a call today for the highest-quality slip products available on the market today.