Oil exploration firm EnQuest has been hit with an Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notice for a falling 2.6 tonne riser section that narrowly missed workers on the Magnus platform.
The HSE notice claims that Enquest failed to ensure that contractor Odjfell Drilling “did not have effective measures in place” in terms of a lifting plan.
HSE said that EnQuest exposed staff to “serious risk” when a sling used to lift the riser failed on 4 May 2018.
One of the most northerly located, the Magnus platform has been producing since 1983 and is connected to the Sullom Voe Terminal.
The notice states that “if the deck crew had been following these EnQuest lift plans on 4 May 2018 the two members of the deck crew would not have been exposed to serious risk to their safety when the polypropylene sling which had been used to lift the flange riser section weighing approximately 2.6 tonnes failed”.
It goes on to state that the more than two tonne flanged riser section fell a distance of “approximately five feet and landed within two feet of one member of the deck crew and fifteen feet of the other member of the deck crew”.
An EnQuest spokesman said: “EnQuest can confirm that a lifting incident occurred on the Magnus platform on 4 May and that an investigation is under way.
“No-one was injured and we have taken learnings identified to date to prevent re-occurrence.
“We are fully engaged with the HSE and on target to comply with the terms of the notice by the required deadline.”