The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has released an Investigative Report on a June 7, 2021 incident that on BP Exploration & Production Inc.’s Mississippi Canyon (MC) 474 A Platform. During the incident, a BP employee sustained an injury to his right ring finger.
The BSEE report, explained the incident:
On June 7, 2021, at approximately 1415 hours, the IP was loosening a TMC Connector on a transmitter with a pair of channel lock pliers when the IP’s right ring finger suffered a laceration from a sharp edge. The sharp edge was located on a metal band that is used to secure metal identification tags in place. The band was located approximately 3-4 inches away from the TMC Connector attached to the transmitter.
The BSEE investigation determined the probable cause of the incident:
Improper PPE – Gloves worn by IP did not provide adequate protection against cuts and abrasions.
Equipment failure: Flawed equipment design or construction – Metal band should have been installed to reduce sharp edges.
The incident also shows the importance of having proper personal protective equipment. Offshore workers should have adequate PPE, and safe platform operators must have procedures in place to assess the PPE which is worn. Accidents due to improper PPE are known risks, which much be planned for by platform owners and operators.
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