PSA Norway Launches Probe after Serious Injury on Deepsea Bergen

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has initiated an investigation following an incident involving serious personal injury on Deepsea Bergen on February 28, 2009.

A person suffered crushing injuries to the chest and abdomen while working from an access platform on the roof of the driller's cabin. The accident occurred when he was crushed between the railing of the access platform and the back edge of the manipulator arm that was being operated. The person was transported to land by the SAR helicopter.

The PSA's three-person investigation team travelled to the Deepsea Bergen on the same day the incident occurred. The objectives of the investigation include clarifying the course of events, the scope and potential of the incident, and evaluating the triggering and underlying causes of the incident. The investigation group will prepare a report that will be published on the PSA's website.

The Deepsea Bergen is a semisubmersible drilling rig (Aker H3 rig) built in 1983 and owned by Odfjell Drilling AS. The facility received the authorities' Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001, and was engaged in activity on the Volund field when the incident occurred.

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