Alerts iconUK HSE prosecution following 2011 fatal explosion in oil refinery

What happened? The UK HSE has prosecuted two companies after an explosion killed four workers and seriously injured another at an oil refinery in Pembrokeshire in 2011.  Five workers were emptying a tank using a vacuum tanker when the explosion and subsequent fire took place.  The explosion resulted in a fireball which severed the 5-tonne … Continue reading “UK HSE prosecution following 2011 fatal explosion in oil refinery”

Alerts iconUK HSE Investigation into Offshore Gas Explosion

What happened? The UK HSE has fined Marathon Oil UK LLC (Marathon) £1,160,000 following an investigation into a high-pressure gas release on the Brae Alpha offshore platform on 26 December 2015.  Eight-inch (20cm) diameter high pressure pipework in Module 14 on the platform suffered a catastrophic rupture as a result of ‘Corrosion Under Insulation’ (CUI), … Continue reading “UK HSE Investigation into Offshore Gas Explosion”

Alerts iconBBC news: worker loses hand after he was injured with faulty hydraulic cutting gear

What happened? A firefighter whose hand was amputated after he was injured by faulty cutting gear has received £1.5m in damages.  He was working with hydraulic cutting equipment on a training exercise when his hand was pierced by a high-pressure jet of hydraulic fluid.  See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48599963. It was only later that day he noticed his … Continue reading “BBC news: worker loses hand after he was injured with faulty hydraulic cutting gear”

Alerts iconFatal fall from height on-board Seatruck Pace in Liverpool in December 2018

What happened? The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published accident Investigation Report 9/19 into a fatal fall from height.  A crewman from the Cypriot registered ro-ro freight vessel Seatruck Pace died as a result of 4.5 metres fall through a vehicle ramp hatch. The crewman was working alone and preparing to paint the … Continue reading “Fatal fall from height on-board Seatruck Pace in Liverpool in December 2018”

Alerts iconNear miss: absence of safety pin in the anchor swivel shackle

What happened? During planned modernisation of the stern anchor it was discovered that the safety pin in the anchor’s swivel shackle was absent.  Positive action— Stop work authority – was exercised by the vessel crew.  There was a thorough visual inspection before work started, which allowed recognition that the anchoring equipment was in unsafe condition. … Continue reading “Near miss: absence of safety pin in the anchor swivel shackle”

Alerts iconDropped wooden block in conductor support frame

What happened? During a decommissioning project, a wooden wedge, weighing approximately 13 kg, dropped 6m, striking a rigger’s hard hat and shoulder on its way down.  The rigger suffered minor cuts; it was fortunate that his injuries were not more serious.  The incident occurred during decommissioning operations using a conductor support frame (CSF) to help … Continue reading “Dropped wooden block in conductor support frame”