PSA to Investigate Crush Injuries Suffered Aboard Drilling Rig
On March 4, an incident occurred on an offshore drilling rig where a roughneck suffered from serious crush injuries. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has since announced that they intend to launch an investigation into the incident. In their announcement, the PSA noted specifically that they are seeking to clarify the course of events, as well as identify the causes of it—both direct and underlying.
At the time of the offshore accident, the roughneck was on the monkey board on the Transocean Barents where, according to Shell, "he was doing an inspection job." The worker has since been flown to Ålesund Hospital for medical attention. Currently, all activity on the drilling rig has been halted.
The Transocean Barents is a 6th-generation semi-submersible drilling rig located in the Ormen Lange field, which is in the Møre Basin in the southern section of the Norwegian Sea. The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Norway from their Stavanger head offices and is under a contract with A/S Norske Shell.