One of our members reports an incident wherein a piece of grating, of size 37×15 cm and weight 3 kg, fell 11 metres from a catwalk onto the pipe-deck below. Whilst there were crew members in the area, no-one was hurt.
The following causes were identified:
- Insufficient quality control/verification of finished work
- The weld that secured the piece of grating failed
- Work management – insufficient following up of work
The following actions were recommended:
- Inspect grating in derrick and grating in other elevated areas for similar unsupported cut-outs.
- Ensure the areas around lifting operations are well closed off in all directions. (This was done in this case.)
- Ensure personnel avoid area below elevated areas when repairs are being conducted.
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