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Order following audit of groups at risk on Troll

Following the October 2009 audit on Troll A of Aibel AS’s (Aibel) identification and follow-up of groups potentially at risk, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) issued a notification of order to Aibel and Norisol Norge AS (Norisol). An order has now been issued to the companies.

The main audit object was Aibel. However, Statoil, as the operator, and Aibel’s subcontractor Norisol were also involved.

During the audit we identified the following nonconformities in relation to the regulatory requirements:

  • Insufficient systematic planning in relation to assessment of risk to personnel involved in the assembly and dismantling of scaffolding.
  • Insufficient analysis and risk assessment of the working environment for mechanics and scaffolders.
  • Mechanics and scaffolders have not received systematic training and information about working environment risks.
  • Aibel and Norisol have not ensured sufficient facilitation of the work, nor have sufficient measures been implemented to protect scaffolders and mechanics from hazardous exposure and physical strain. 

Link: Article regarding notification of order including audit report

Based on our audit findings, and in accordance with the PSA’s earlier notification of order, we have issued the following order to Aibel and Norisol: 

Pursuant to Section 17 of the Management Regulations relating to analysis of the working environment, Section 3 of the Management Regulations relating to management of health, environment and safety, Section 9 of the Management Regulations relating to planning and Section 31 of the Activities Regulations relating to arrangement of work, cf. Section 5 of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibility, first subsection and Section 58 relating to individual decisions, Aibel and Norisol are ordered to evaluate the systems that are intended to ensure that scaffolders and mechanics have a fully satisfactory working environment, (cf. Items 5.1.1 – 5.1.4 of the report) and to implement the necessary measures to ensure that the working environment is followed up in accordance with the regulations.

The following elements must be included:

  • Systems for assessing the risk for scaffolders – cf. Item 5.1.1 of the report
  • Mappings and risk assessments of working environment factors – cf. Item 5.1.2 of the report
  • Training within relevant working environment risk – cf. Item 5.1.3 of the report
  • Facilitation and measures in the area of working environment for scaffolders and mechanics – cf. Item 5.1.4 of the report
  • The deadline for complying with the order is set at 15 March 2010. The PSA must be notified when the order has been carried out.

We have asked the companies to submit any comments they might have regarding the notification by 15 January 2010.

About “orders” vs. “notification of order":
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we usually submit a "notification of order" to the companies involved.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of our administrative process in accordance with the established rules of procedure. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.

Journal 2009/963 (documents in Norwegian)