Norway's PSA Investigating Accident at Valhall Flank North

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is investigating an incident involving a personal injury at Valhall flank north. During a lifting operation involving the telescopic crane on the West Epsilon on April 2nd, the crane bumped into a hatch, causing the hatch to fall down to a lower deck at Valhall flank north where two people were standing.

The approximately 100-kg hatch fell about 15 meters before bouncing up and striking one of these persons on the thigh. The incident occurred at approximately 0615 hours.

The injured person was treated by a nurse and shortly thereafter was picked up by the SAR helicopter and flown to Rogaland Central Hospital.

The injury is not life-threatening, but the incident could have had a considerably more serious outcome if circumstances were slightly altered. An investigation team from the PSA is on its way to the Valhall field. The police have also sent their own investigation team to the installation. BP, the operator of Valhall, will also mobilize an internal investigation group to map the course of the event.

The injured person is 33 years of age, an employee of Schlumberger Well Services and from the Stavanger region.