Energy Voice | Norway calls for checks after worker death

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

The explosion on Saipem’s Normand Maximus construction ship took place in February 2017 off Rio de Janeiro.

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

In connection with pressure testing of the oilfield’s gas flow system, an explosion occurred on the outside 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 for ships does not contain requirements that cover the type of operation for which Normand Maximus was used.

No independent party checked or approved whether the functionality of the completed installation was satisfactory for use on board the vessel after the equipment had been installed on deck and was ready for use on the oil field.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) is of the opinion that an independent check and approval by an external party would have constituted a further barrier that would probably have contributed to the shipping company/vessel being more confident in the performance of their duties as the party responsible for safety on board the vessel.

The AIBN recommended that the Norwegian Maritime Authority carries out an assessment of whether the current regulatory framework is sufficient to ensure safety on board offshore vessels engaged in complex operations.


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