Near Miss on Hibernia Platform

On Sunday Hibernia Management Development Company reported workers on the Hibernia Platform were in the process of lowering a drill pipe with a gantry crane to a storage location when the pipe, weighing approximately 236kg, released from its magnetic connection point.

This resulted in the pipe falling approximately 3.55m, coming to rest on the dunnage below.

There were no injuries and no personnel were in the area, consistent with protocol for gantry crane operations.

However, the incident had the potential for fatality based on the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme calculator according to C-NOLPB.

Crane operations were immediately stopped, the area was secured and the crane has been taken out of service.

The C-NLOPB is monitoring the investigation of the incident.