The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has released its Investigative Report on the slip and fall incident that occurred on the Shell Offshore’s Olympus N-88 drilling rig located at Mississippi Canyon 807 Platform B on September 22, 2020. During the incident, a floorhand injured his left ankle after slipping and falling on a stairway on the rig.
The BSEE report, revealed the following conclusions:
1) The stairs had medium grit coated covers that were worn
2) Adverse weather conditions (high winds and rain)
3) Rubber boots contained a mixture of water and zinc bromide (which caused the IP’s boots to be slippery)
4) Muscular fatigue due to the employee being tasked with weighing the material immediately after returning from closing the casing valve in the well bay, approximately 5 decks below
Slip and falls are a known risk on an offshore platform or vessel. These risks must be taken into account before life-altering accidents occur. Preventative maintenance to the stairs could have prevented the injuries sustained by this worker, by ensuring adequate non-skid capabilities on the stairs. Safe offshore exploration companies must take safety seriously, and understand that failing to do so can result in tragedy.
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