Norway calls for checks after worker death in 2017

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Norwegian investigators today called for regulations to be put to the test after a worker died in a blast in Brazil.

The explosion on the Normand Maximus construction ship, hired by Saipem, took place in February 2017 off Rio de Janeiro.

The Norway-flagged ship was used in a pre-commissioning operation on an oil field.

In connection with pressure testing a oilfield’s gas flow system, an explosion occurred on the deck.

A Baker Hughes GE employee died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

In addition, one person got seriously injured and three persons got minor injuries.

The regulatory framework does not contain requirements covering the operation for which Normand Maximus was used.

No independent party checked whether the equipment installed on deck was satisfactory for use on the oil field.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) said an independent check would have contributed to the shipping company and vessel being more confident in the performance of their duties.

AIBN said the Norwegian Maritime Authority should carry out an assessment of whether the current regulatory framework is sufficient to ensure safety on board offshore vessels engaged in complex operations.