Maersk ordered to take action following North Sea jackup lifting incident

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has asked Maersk Drilling to act following a fatal accident last December on the jackup Maersk Interceptor at the Tambar field in the North Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has asked Maersk Drilling to take action following a fatal accident last December on the jackup Maersk Interceptor at the Tambar field in the North Sea.

One person was killed and another seriously injured in connection with an operation to lift and install a seawater pump.

Four people participated in the task, which involved use of a steel sling. This parted, and the pump fell.

A power cable attached to the pump was pulled along in the fall hitting two people, one of whom fell into the sea and died. Under slightly different circumstances, more lives could have been lost, the PSA said.

Investigations showed that the direct cause of the incident was that the lifting sling broke because it was overloaded.

There were also underlying causes related to design weaknesses and inadequacies in following these up; a failure to identify risk at various levels; and training, planning and work practice deficiencies.

PSA’s team identified numerous regulatory breaches, and has given Maersk until May 31 to explain how it plans to address these issues, which concern:

  • Planning the work process
  • Design of lifting equipment
  • Use of information and continuous improvement
  • Education and training
  • Use of lifting facilities and equipment
  • Follow-up of enterprise of competence
  • Barriers and cordons.

05/04/2018

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