Shell was Fined £60,000 for Employee Injuries
Shell was fined £60,000 (almost $70,000) for health and safety breaches after a worker was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured at the platform. The platform was being decommissioned when the worker was severely injured aboard the Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea. The accident occurred when pressured nitrogen cylinder was discharged uncontrollably and as a result injured 3 contractors. The contractors received a medical evacuation by helicopter.
According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Shell technicians at the time were required to replace a gas cylinder within the fire extinguishing system. One of the technicians rolled what he thought was an empty cylinder along the floor and took off the protective cap; however, the cylinder was fully charged. This caused a valve to shear and then both the cylinder and the valve struck and severely injured a second technician.
Shell could have avoided this from happening by ensuring the cylinders were suitable to handle. Their chief violation was failing to clearly label cylinders and train technicians on how to distinguish between full and empty canisters. Shell pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £60,000.
“The incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices” stated HSE director David Josiah.
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