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Order issued to Statoil after accident involving personal injury on Statfjord C

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has issued Statoil an order following investigation of an accident involving personal injury that took place on Statfjord C on 25 March 2005. Statoil is ordered to review and document that personnel have sufficient competence. The company is also ordered to review the design and management of the drilling system to ensure a reduction in the risk of mistakes.


On 25 March 2005, there was an accident on the drill floor in connection with pulling casing in a well on Statfjord C. The derrickman and two roughnecks were engaged in manual work on the bottom hole string (BHS), when this was accidentally loosened from the elevator collar. The BHS fell towards the drill floor, striking and seriously injuring the derrickman in both feet.

The incident had the potential for the loss of multiple human lives. In addition to the derrickman who was hit, two other roughnecks were on the drill floor during the incident. These two were also in the direction of the BHS' fall, and could have been struck.

On the same day as the incident occurred, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway appointed an investigation group which has both assisted the police in their investigation of the incident, and has also performed its own investigation. The investigation uncovered several nonconformities, and we issued a notification of order to Statoil on 8 June.

In accordance with the notification, we have issued the following order:

Pursuant to Section 11 of the Regulations relating to management in the petroleum activities (the Management Regulations), cf. Section 58 of the Regulations relating to health, environment and safety in the petroleum activities (the Framework Regulations), Statoil is ordered to perform a review and document that crew composition, including requirements for personnel competence, is safeguarded, cf. Chapter 5.1.7 of the report.

Pursuant to Section 2 of the Regulations relating to management in the petroleum activities (the Management Regulations) and Section 13 of the Regulations relating to process and auxiliary facilities, continued in Section 9 of the Regulations relating to design and outfitting of facilities etc. in the petroleum activities (the Facilities Regulations), cf. Section 58 of the Regulations relating to health, environment and safety in the petroleum activities (the Framework Regulations), Statoil is ordered to conduct a review of the design and control of the drilling system to ensure that the operation is not subject to failures and errors, cf. Chapter 5.1.8 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 October 2005. The PSA must be informed when the order has been executed.

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Tel.: +47 970 54 064