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Investigation report following incident at Melkøya on 30 January

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an investigation after a concrete element fell over a cart holding two gas cylinders (acetylene and oxygen) in the factory area on Melkøya on 30 January of this year. The investigation reveals breaches of the regulations, and we have asked Statoil to provide an account of how the nonconformities will be handled.

The investigation group's professional opinion of the incident is that there was the potential for a serious accident involving personal injury. If circumstances had been slightly different, the incident could have developed with serious consequences for nearby personnel. Six persons were directly involved in the operation, and an unknown number of passers-by were also in the vicinity.

The PSA concludes that the cause of the incident was that a concrete element was not adequately secured during dismantling of a fire wall near a workers' accommodation module. The following nonconformities were identified:

  • No Safe Job Analysis (SJA) was conducted for this operation.
  • Two gas cylinders were placed inside the danger area.

There were also observations of areas where there is potential for improvement.

Link to the PSA's investigation report (in Norwegian only)

Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 970 54 064