An offshore company operating on a platform in the North Sea has been fined £60,000 for health and safety failures after the managed platform used gas canisters to spray water in the event of a fire.
According to the Press and Journal, these were supposed to be replaced while empty when needing to be recharged, but in 2014 two replacement cylinders were received that were full of nitrogen gas.
Later in the year, an employee went to replace an existing cylinder and picked up one of the ones containing nitrogen. While he realised that it wasn’t the cylinder he needed, he put it down but in doing so accidentally triggered it, releasing the contents. This led to both the cylinder and valve becoming projectiles, causing serious injury to the employee and hitting two other people who were present.
The incident was reported to the Crown in 2016 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with Inspector David Josiah saying that companies which fall below the required standards would face action.
He went on to add: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standard.”
Fiscal Depute Shona McJannett made further comments on the matter, saying that the injured employee had been in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a week and if the projectile had hit a chest or head, the risk of fatal injury would have been real.
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