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Warning on Dropped Objects

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I've recieved a safety alert email today from NOPSEMA warning about the number of dropped objects being recorded in 2013.

NOPSEMA has identified a concerning increase in dropped object events since the beginning of 2013. 

Nine dropped object notifications have been received by the authority in the first quarter of 2013. 

All of these dropped object events have occurred on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs). 

As a comparison, one dropped object was reported on MODUs for the same period in 2012 and a total of 13 for the entire year.

Overall, a total of 31 dropped object events were reported in 2012 from the following facility types: 

+  13 MODUs;

+  11 platforms;

+  Five floating production storage & offloading facilities; and 

+  Two pipelay/accommodation/construction vessels.

The current spate of dropped objects is a cause for concern and should be addressed by Operators revisiting their lifting procedures.

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