Rig workers off Scotland hit by radiation

UK energy company EnQuest has come in for flak after the BBC reported that a number of workers on its Thistle platform were exposed to radiation last December while working in northern Scottish waters.

A number of Wood Group contractors have discovered they were exposed to alpha radiation.
EnQuest has since said “additional precautionary steps” have been taken.

The six men were doing shutdown work with pipe equipment, not wearing personal protective equipment when a reading showed radioactivity in the area.

EnQuest stressed the level of exposure was less than 1% of the level at which it is reportable to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) however EnQuest advised the HSE of the matter at the time.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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