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Notification of order to Statoil following lifting incident at Troll C

The PSA has issued a notification of order to Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) following the investigation of a personal injury in connection with a lifting operation at the Troll C facility on 9 May 2009.

During a lifting operation at the Troll C facility on 9 May 2009, a roughneck was trapped between a container hanging from a crane hook and a row of containers on the loading deck.

The injured was taken to Haukeland Hospital in a helicopter, where broken bones and minor internal haemorrhaging were found.

Under marginally different circumstances, this incident could have had fatal consequences.

The PSA's investigation of the incident has identified several nonconformities from the regulations:

  1. Insufficient management of crane and lifting activities.
  2. Inadequate planning
  3. Missing description and communication of roles and responsibility for HSE coordinator/nurse
  4. Insufficient job description for person operationally responsible for lifting operations
  5. Insufficient compliance with governing documents for lifting operations

Based on nonconformity no 1, Statoil is hereby notified of the following order:

Pursuant to Section 4-2 (2), litra b of the Working Environment Act, cf. Section 18-6 (1) of the same act relating to orders and other administrative decision, Statoil is ordered to review its routines to ensure suitable participation in hazardous operations.

The deadline for complying with the order is 1 October 2010.

We must be notified when the order has been complied with.

We have requested that Statoil submit any comments to the notification of order or investigation report to the PSA no later than 11 June 2010.

Furthermore, we have requested that the letters and the report be made known for the employee representatives, including the safety delegates.

The investigation report contains identified nonconformities in addition to those which formed the basis for the notification of order. It also contains observations of potential improvements.

The PSA has requested that Statoil account for how the nonconformities will be handled and how the company considers the potential improvements.

Order and notification of order
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations.

Before the PSA makes an order, it usually issues a notification of order to the companies concerned.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process as specified in its established procedural rules.

The notification is merely a first step before an administrative decision is made.