During the period 5-7 February 2007, we conducted an audit of how language and communication challenges are handled in the area of scaffolding, crane and lifting work, as well as wages and working conditions for foreign employees in connection with construction of the gas power plant at Kårstø.
Naturkraft is the operator of the planned gas power plant located inside the Kårstø facility, but will operate the plant separate from the facility. A consortium consisting of Siemens in Germany and Siemens in Norway was awarded the contract for construction of the power plant.
During the audit, we noted deficiencies in Naturkraft's and Siemens' management systems and practices for following up working environment conditions and for managing crane and lifting operations. The companies have an inadequate overview and control of risk factors in the working environment and procedures/regulations for crane and lifting operations do not govern and guide the activity.
Based on our audit findings in the area of working environment, a notification of order was issued to Naturkraft. The order was issued on 21 March 2007 in line with the previous notification, and reads as follows:
Pursuant to Sections 3-1 (2c), 4-4 and 3-2 (1c) of the Working Environment Act; and Sections 10 and 11 of the Provisional Regulations, cf. Section 5, Item 6 of the Internal Control Regulations, cf. Chapter 5.1.1 of the report, Naturkraft AS is ordered to review its system for managing the working environment for its own and contractor employees, and to present a plan for implementing measures. Moreover, a working environment survey and risk assessment of the activities at the facility shall be implemented to ensure that the working environment is proper and prudent. If necessary, the survey and the assessment shall be followed up through measures.
Furthermore, pursuant to Sections 10 and 11 of the Provisional Regulations (cf. Section 5, No. 1 of the Internal Control Regulations), Section 36, second subsection, Section 8, Section 32 (cf. Chapter IX-II Appendix - Part C Item IV Technical facilities) and the Regulations of 26 June 1998, No. 608, relating to the use of work equipment: Section 8, Section 9, Section 45 Item 3, Section 47, Section 48 and Section 56, cf. Chapter 5.1.3 of the report; Naturkraft is ordered to review its system for managing crane and lifting operations and to present a plan for implementation of measures.
The deadline for preparing plans to comply with the order is set at three weeks after the order is issued. The plans, including a description of measures and implementation deadlines, shall be sent to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway. The survey and risk assessment of working environment conditions shall be implemented as soon as possible and no later than three weeks after the order is issued.
The PSA must be notified when the order has been fulfilled.
Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
Tel.: +47 970 54 064