OSLO Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has completed an investigation into an incident involving a dropped object and an associated injury on the jackup Askeladden in February.
KCA Deutag Drilling Norge (KCAD), which operates the rig on behalf of the PL050 (Gullfaks) licensees in the North Sea, has now been ordered to take action.
The incident occurred during disconnection of a cuttings hose which had a webbing sling installed at one end. The injured person was entering an exposed area to remove a safety strap when the webbing sling broke, causing the hose to fall, hitting the individual on the left shoulder/neck.
According to the investigation, failure of webbing sling occurred due to overloading, as it snagged on the underside of the hang-off saddle as the crane was lifting. The sling thereby exceeded its maximum working load.
The PSA identified three nonconformities:
- Inadequate design of the hose station for handling cuttings
- Inadequate safety clearance of activities
- Inadequate execution of lifting operations.
KCA Deutag must now identify and implement measures to ensure that handling cuttings hoses is performed so that personnel participating in this activity on its facilities offshore Norway are not injured.
The company must also review its systems for managing lifting operations and for safety clearance of activities with associated work processes, and take action to ensure prudent lifting operations.
Deadline for compliance with the order is Sept. 30.