Norway's PSA Issues Order to BP on Valhall Injury

Valhall Field, North Sea
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The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to BP Norge AS (BP) as a result of a personal injury on Valhall on April 2, 2004.

In the morning on this day a person was injured during a lifting operation on BP's installation Valhall North Flank.

The incident occurred when a crane bumped into a hatch on the drilling installation West Epsilon, which lies next right to it.

The hatch, which weighs 357 kg, fell 15 meters and struck a man in the face and foot. He was seriously but not critically injured.

Three persons from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway went to Valhall together with three persons from the police to investigate the incident.

Due to matters uncovered during the investigation, the PSA immediately ordered BP to stop all crane operations of the type that caused the accident. BP must confirm that the order has been complied with before the cranes are used.

"We take a very serious view of both the incident and the matters surrounding the crane operations that were uncovered by our investigation team," says Director Magne Ognedal in the PSA.

"This is yet another example of much work remaining to be done before we have an adequate level for lifting operations in the industry," says Ognedal.

BP was summoned to a follow-up meeting with the PSA following the Valhall accident, where the observations of the investigation team were reviewed.

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