A 26.5 ton pipe was accidentally dropped on the semi-submersible drilling rig the West Bollsta on October 17, 2020. The incident occurred just a week of the offshore rig began drilling its first well. The rig is owned by Northern Ocean, and operated by Houston-based Seadrill. According to Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, 26.5 ton pipe had almost reached vertical when it detached from the lifting equipment and fell to the rig floor. While the incident is being investigated, all drilling operations on the rig have been halted. The drilling rig was working for Lundin Energy in the Barents Sea.
Safe offshore companies must ensure that their operations do not put the lives of their crew members at risk. When companies fail to take necessary precautions while conducting dangerous lift operations, catastrophic incidents can result. At this time, it is unknown what caused this incident.
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The experienced and aggressive maritime attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of this tragic accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to offshore injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-659-0257 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.