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Seaman Killed While Working on Petrobras 10000 Drillship

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are currently investigating the passing of a drillship worker early Saturday morning. The fatality occurred aboard the Transocean owned Petrobras 10,000 drillship while in an area of the Gulf named the Walker Ridge 469. The deceased seaman worked as a floorhand for Spencer Ogden, where he assisted in pipe handling operations.

The man received fatal wounds while working in a rig floor “red zone,” which is a heavily controlled foot-traffic area of pipe handling operations. The man was facing away from a retracting skate when the skate teetered, causing the loading platform of the skate to pin him against a pipe.

It has been reported that when the loading platform is fully extended, there are three inches of space between the pipe and the loading platform. This is reportedly where the man was pinned. Petrobras stated that the man received medical attention immediately following the incident, but that he unfortunately succumbed to his wounds before anything could be done.

Transocean has notified the press that, “The operator and contractors involved have stopped operations and will supply additional details, as appropriate.” BSEE is in the process of directing a panel investigation as inspectors investigate the scene to determine the force that caused the skate to move. A safety alert has been sent out to all members of the organization.

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