Status Mentor PGD2 Detector: Do Not Use Until…

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Aug 252011

Status Mentor PGD2 gas meter: Do not use without the correct software

If you have a Status Mentor PGD2 gas meter do not use it until you have verified that the correct software version is installed and that the low battery alarm point is correctly configured in accordance with the instructions provided on the Status Scientific Controls website: , warns the UK Health & Safety Executive.

Tests by the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) on behalf of HSE and discussions with Status Scientific, the manufacturer, have determined that the low battery voltage cut-off setting may be incorrect in some instruments having an older version of software.

This older software may allow the instrument to continue to remain active when there is insufficient power for it to work accurately. In this case the indicated measurement may be below the actual gas concentration in the sampled atmosphere and the alarm may not be activated when the actual gas concentration reaches the alarm set-point.

This Safety Notice is being issued as a result of investigations by the Health and Safety Executive into the Status Scientific Controls portable gas detector type Mentor PGD2. This instrument is intended to be used for the protection of personnel entering or working in an environment where there is a possibility of flammable or toxic gas being present. Continue reading »

Safety statistics show fall in leaks and injuries offshore

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Jul 192011

"Gulf of Mexico disaster should continue to be a stark reminder of what can go wrong offshore"

Offshore oil and gas leaks that could potentially lead to a major incident has fallen, according to new safety statistics released by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, HSE.

Figures from HSE show that there were 73 major or significant hydrocarbon releases associated with offshore installations in 2010/11, compared with 85 the previous year. There were 61 recorded in 2008/09 – the lowest since HSE began regulating the industry. Overall, there continues to be a downward trend in the total of all reported hydrocarbon releases offshore.

For the fourth year running, no workers were killed during offshore activities regulated by HSE and 2010/11 also saw a fall in the number of major injuries. There were 42 reported compared with 50 the previous year, bringing the total in line with the average of the previous five years.

The combined fatal and major injury rate fell to 151.8 per 100,000 workers in 2010/11, compared with 192 in 2009/10. There was also a continued fall in the number of minor injuries that led to three or more days off work, with 106 – down from last year’s 110 – which represents a new low in the over three-day injury rate.

There were 432 dangerous occurrences reported in 2010/11, 11 fewer than the previous year. More than a third were hydrocarbon releases (38.9%) and just over a quarter (25.9%) related to equipment failures.

Said Steve Walker HSE’s head of offshore safety:

“This year’s statistics are a step in the right direction. It is encouraging that this is the fourth consecutive year with no reportable fatalities and a reduction in major injuries. But there is still much work to be done. Hydrocarbon releases are a key indicator of how well the offshore industry is managing its major accident risks, and the industry still hasn’t matched or exceeded the record lows of two years ago. Continue reading »

Safety Essentials for Offshore Released

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Mar 292011

Britain’s Health & Safety Executive, HSE, has published Offshore COSHH Essentials in partnership by working group which included the HSE, the offshore industry and unions . The guidance is aimed at managers, safety practitioners, offshore medics and safety representatives in the offshore oil and gas industry, who have responsibility for managing the control of substances hazardous to health. Continue reading »

Unplug That Waterlogic Says HSE

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Jan 212011

Waterlogic WL3000 dispenser.

Anybody having a Waterlogic water dispenser with a UV system or WL 3000 Cold only model and have not received Technical Bulletins TB0035 and TB0040 must contact the suppliers immediately. Anybody with a unit identified in the Technical bulletins from the manufacturer must isolate the unit and follow the recommendations described in the Technical Bulletins before putting the units back into service says Britain’s HSE.

Earlier this year a Waterlogic UV water dispenser caught fire in the temporary refuge of an offshore oil and gas platform.

Two Technical Bulletins had been issued by the UK supplier, PHS Waterlogic, in 2004 and 2005 but were not received by the duty holder of the offshore platform.

Failure to carry out the modifications recommended in the technical bulletins contributed to an electrical fault which resulted in the device catching fire.

The supplier contact details are: Continue reading »

Sep 172010

imageOILC, the offshore energy branch of Britain’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, RMT,  has leaked a UK Health & Safety Executive report on human and organisational factors aboard Transocean rigs in the North Sea.

one year on from the investigation and eight months on from the HSE issuing the report, and offshore staff and safety reps have yet to see sight of it, claims OILC.

Says ILC: “HSE had become aware of significant differences in accident rates between various rigs. Incidents reported varied from zero to 15 across four rigs in the 2-year period 2007-09.

The prominent and consistent indicator of Transocean’s organisational culture, according to the HSE, is discipline, blame and zero tolerance. The so-called accountability process, represented in the ‘just culture decision tree’, quickly steers investigations toward blame of the employee. Little consideration is given to wider organisational issues such as fatigue, distraction, communications failures, or defective equipment.

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Dangers Out Of The Side Door

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Aug 272010

image Britain’s Health and Safety Executive, Offshore Division, has issued the following alert regarding Failures of manually operated side-door elevators due to unplanned opening of latch mechanism of side-door elevators lifting large diameter well casing from the horizontal position.

Says HSE: “There have been several serious dropped object incidents in offshore Northern Europe, including a near fatality, involving the use of manually operated side-door elevators to lift large diameter well casing. The incidents involved the unplanned opening of the elevators, during tailing-out or lifting of pipe from a horizontal position, allowing the load to fall. Investigation of the incidents has raised concerns about the safety of the latching mechanism.”

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Offshore Safety “Not Good Enough” Says HSE

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Aug 242010

image Britain’s Health & Safety Executive, HSE, has warned the offshore oil and gas industry about its safety record as new statistics show increases in major injuries and unplanned hydrocarbon releases.

Figures released by the HSE show that there were 50 major injuries reported in 2009/10 − up 20 on 2008/09 and higher than the average of 42 over the previous five years. No workers were killed during activities regulated by HSE for the third year running.

The combined fatal and major injury rate almost doubled to 192 per 100,000 workers in 2009/10 compared with 106 in 2008/09 and 156 in 2007/08.

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Evil Eye Drops 9.5 Tonnes

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Aug 242010

The crane pennant and the Flemish eye tails which have unravelled and pulled out of the ferruleA badly made Flemish eye crane pennant failed on an offshore installation dropping of a 9.5 tonne load causing what the UK’s Heath & Safety Executive calls “a serious incident. Inadequate testing by the manufacturer and incomplete technical information lead to the Flemish eye being manufactured with a mismatched ferrule/wire rope arrangement.

This incident occurred on an offshore installation during the lifting of a container weighing 9.5 tonnes. A 5 metre long, 15 tonne working load limit crane pennant was connected between the crane hook and the master link on the container sling set. The crane pennant had been manufactured from 36mm diameter wire rope and the eyes on each end had been formed by using the Flemish eye technique. Steel ferrules had been used as the termination and these had been pressed over the Flemish eye rope strand tails. During the lifting of the load the wire rope strands in the tails of the Flemish eye connected to the pennant hook became free inside the ferrule allowing the Flemish eye to unravel and the load to fall. Continue reading »