BSEE issues warning after death on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

The weekend’s fatal accident on a Petrobras-operated drillship in the Gulf of Mexico has led the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to issue a warning about hazardous work zones.

A man died on the Petrobras 10000 drillship about 172 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Saturday after being pinned against a piece of equipment.

BSEE, the agency that oversees offshore oil and gas safety, called for operators to review and verify that potentially dangerous work areas are clearly marked and workers are trained on how to properly access those zones.

It is believed the victim in Saturday’s incident, who was working for contractor Spencer Ogden, was involved in pipe handling operations when the retracting skate moved and caused the loading platform of the skate to pin him against a stanchion.

The skate is a piece of heavy equipment that is used to move the lift pipe.

BSEE and the US Coast Guard (USCG) are conducting an investigation of the fatal incident.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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