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Health, Safety & Environment

Safety authority finds ‘fatality risk’ after investigation into man overboard

The PSA (Petroleum Safety Authority Norway) has warned a man who fell overboard from a mobile drilling unit could have been killed. The safety body has been investigating how a worker fell through a gap directly into the sea 13.5metres below from the drilling unit Scarabeo 8 in February this year. The incident had occurred when subsea personnel were preparing to bring the blowout preventer (BOP) back into service after about four weeks of maintenance. Two subsea engineers, who were working in the moonpool area at the time of the incident, entered the BOP carrier used to move he unit between the well centre and the parked position.

Health, Safety & Environment

Search continues for missing Pemex workers after platform fire

A search for three missing workers following a fire on a Pemex oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is still underway. The incident, which happened last Wednesday, killed four people and left dozens of other workers injured. The state-owned company said repairs have begun to resume production at the facility while the search for the missing workers continues. Pemex said it expects it will meet its output target of 646,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the region despite it being shut down on the platform following the fire.

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Gallery: This week’s top stories

A fire on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving four workers dead, was the most read story on Energy Voice this week. The incident happened on Wednesday, as 302 workers were evacuated and dozens were taken to hospital to be treated. Mexican state-owned Pemex said the fire on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the Bay of Campeche had since been put out. One of the workers killed was from Pemex, while another was a contractor working for services firm Cotemar. Two others killed in the fire have yet to be identified.


Pemex Gulf of Mexico oil fire: one dead and 16 injured

An oil worker has died and more than a dozen others have been injured after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The incident happened on the Pemex operated Abkatun Alpha platform in the Bay of Campeche earlier today. A spokeswoman for Pemex confirmed one person had been killed while 16 others had also been hurt. Two of the workers are believed to be in a serious condition.

Health, Safety & Environment

Industry safety group dismisses “stranded offshore worker” claims

An energy industry safety group has moved to allay fears that offshore workers could be left stranded at sea if they don’t comply with new rules for helicopter flights. In line with size restrictions that come into force today, passengers need to have had their shoulders measured so that they can be assigned a seat next to a window large enough for them to crawl through in the event of a ditching. On Monday, an Aberdeen-based workplace healthcare provider, RPS, said workers whose measurements have not been recorded will be allocated an “extra broad” seat by default. It went on to warn that unmeasured workers might find that there is not enough room for them, as there are a limited number of XBR seats on a helicopter.

North Sea

International Well Control Forum to host Aberdeen workshop next month

International Well Control Forum (IWCF) has announced a workshop and networking event for Aberdeen next month ahead of Offshore Well Intervention Europe 2015. The event will take place on Tuesday April 14, and will focus on the best practices for global safety, new initiatives that are being launched to drive up well control competency, and operators, contractors and service companies will be on hand to explain how to get more involved.


Energy Voice exclusively reveals The UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards finalists

The UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards finalists are ready to be announced exclusively on Energy Voice. Established in 2010, the awards celebrate the work done by staff and companies to make offshore operations ever safer. The event is jointly organised by Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK. Last year, nine awards were presented to companies and individuals for their dedication to health and safety in the offshore industry.

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Offshore worker evacuated from North Sea platform

An offshore worker has been airlifted to hospital from a North Sea platform following a medical emergency. The crewman was working on the Tiffany platform which is 155 miles north east of Aberdeen. A Bond 1 helicopter from the Miller Platform flew to the Tiffany platform after the alarm was raised.

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Drifting rig moved away from LNG plant

A submersible drilling unit which drifted towards a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant has been moved away from the infrastructure. Woodside Petroleum temporarily shut down its $15billion plan after the Atwood Osprey rig drifted near to its flowlines. The move was made after the rig, which had been drilling at Chevron's Wheatstone LNG project, was torn from its moorings in a cyclone.

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Survivex aims to grow global arm of business

Offshore training provider Survivex has appointed a business development director as it looks to attract international clients in “difficult times for the sector”. Chris Bews has been promoted to business development manager, leading the sales team and meeting pre-defined revenue targets. Before joining the Aberdeen firm in 2011 he held an account management position for an electrical and engineering consumables supply company.

Oil & Gas

HSE: Maintaining safe production on the UKCS

Oil at $50 a barrel or less is having a huge impact on the North Sea industry. Thousands of jobs have been shed already or are vulnerable. Cutbacks are to the fore . . . capex and opex and while it is claimed that safety will never be compromised, offshore workers are worried and, as should be clear from this exclusive Q&A with Susan Mackenzie, director of the Hazardous Installations Directorate, the HSE will be uncompromising. Mackenzie: Our basic approach won’t change. The key objectives in our strategy including asset integrity, competence, workforce engagement and leadership are as important now as they have ever been. Operators and contractors must still control risks to their workers, especially those risks that could give rise to a major accident. Failure to do so threatens workers, production and profitability. My inspectors will continue to focus on major accident risk control and take action if they find standards are inadequate. I want to see safe production maintained, and I believe my inspectors have a key role in stimulating the industry to achieve this.

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Deadline extended for Oil & Gas UK Industry Safety Awards entries

The deadline for this year’s entries into the Oil & Gas UK Industry Safety Awards has been extended. Following a request from potential entrants, the closing date for submissions has been extended to Friday, February 27. The award categories include Safety Leadership, Innovation in Safety and Workforce Engagement.

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Environment Secretary calls for emergency tugs review

The Environment Secretary has called on the UK Government to review the provision of emergency tugs after several shipping incidents in Scottish waters. Richard Lochhead urged Westminster to extend funding for emergency towing vehicles beyond March 2016 during a debate at Holyrood on Scotland’s draft national marine plan. The move follows the grounding of the Lysblink Seaways cargo ship at Ardnamurchan Point yesterday and the overturning of the Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth with eight sailors on board last month. In a third incident last October, the Danish ship MV Parida carrying radioactive nuclear waste caught fire and began drifting in the Moray Firth.

Health, Safety & Environment

Worker on North Sea platform exposed to radiation

An investigation has been launched after a North Sea worker was exposed to radiation. The incident happened 145 miles east of Aberdeen on the Lomond Installation. The worker, who is employed by offshore firm Sparrows, has undergone medical evaluations both offshore and onshore and has been confirmed as safe from any potential harm.

Health, Safety & Environment

More than 60,000 offshore workers to be measured in new safety strategy

More than 60,000 offshore workers are to have the span of their shoulders measured ahead of new regulations on body size coming into force in April. Industry group Step Change in Safety has revealed its measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations that will ensure all can escape from windows in the case of accidents. Workers whose shoulders measure greater than 22in will be classified as “extra broad” (XBR) and will be required to sit in a helicopter seat that’s closest window is compatible with their shoulder size.

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Hearing in May over Super Puma legal action

A hearing over legal action for access to voice recorder data from accident investigators following a fatal helicopter crash is to be held. Four people – three men and a woman – died when a Super Puma crashed off Shetland in 2013. Sarah Darnley, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, from Bishop Auckland, and George Allison, from Winchester, all lost their lives.


Opinion: EU decision is a good news bad news story for employers

Yesterday, the European Court of Justice issued its judgement in the case of Karsten Kaltoft, a 5ft 7in child minder from Denmark who, in his 15 years in that role, has never weighed less than 25 stone. Mr Kaltoft's employment was terminated, and he felt that it was on the grounds of his obesity. The European Court of Justice was asked to rule on two key questions: First, is it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the grounds that they are obese? Second, can obesity amount to a disability, which it is unlawful to discriminate against?


VIDEO: World’s most advanced oil spill combating simulator centre goes live

This footage shows how onshore and offshore personnel will be able to train and exercise for oil spills. The North Cape Maritime Training Centre in Honningsvåg in Norway now contains the world’s only oil spill simulator where onshore and offshore personnel isolated or together, can train in the tools and stages of oil spill combating operations. It has been created by Aptomar together with Transas in close cooperation with the North Cape Maritime Training Centre in Honningsvag.

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Offshore worker airlifted to hospital from platform

An offshore worker has been airlifted to hospital from a platform 130 miles east of Aberdeen. The man was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was met by an ambulance and a team from the coastguard. An Aberdeen coastguard spokesman said they received a call at around 1.30pm on Monday afternoon.