During a lifting operation on the Statoil-operated Njord A facility on 18 December 2010, an elevator with slip joint came loose and fell to the drill floor. The slip joint weighs about 23 tonnes.
The incident did not result in personal injury.
The PSA considers the incident as serious, with a large potential for personal injury and loss of life and material assets. Therefore, the PSA has been decided to investigate the incident.
The objective of the investigation is e.g. to assess operational, technical and management factors in relation to the incident, assess triggering and underlying causes and evaluate any similarities with previous incidents.
On Monday, 20 December, representatives from the PSA's investigation group travelled to the Njord A facility for an inspection.
The Police have decided to investigate the incident, and have requested assistance from the PSA in this connection.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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