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EOG warned over UK pipeline maintenance

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A US operator has been warned by the UK safety watchdog over failures in connection with the maintenance of emergency shut down valves on a field in the Irish Sea. EOG Resources’ UK arm is responsible for a production and a condensate injection pipeline on the Douglas complex, 15 miles off the Welsh coast. The […]

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Oil worker airlifted from Dunbar rig due to heart attack

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Shetland Coastguard’s helicopter was called out this morning when an oil rig worker suffered a heart attack. The incident happened on Total’s Dunbar platform, north east of the islands. A coastguard spokesman said: “We received the call at 6.55 am and the helicopter left to carry out a medical evacuation. “The crew arrived at the […]

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S92 copters to get landing gear parts replaced early

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US authorities have sent out orders for the inspection and early replacement of certain landing gear components on Sikorsky S92 helicopters. Manufacturer Sikorsky said the measures were intended to prevent cracks or failure of any landing gear parts, which could result in a loss of control. The airworthiness directive was issued by the US Federal […]

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Opinion: Keeping the noise down

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According to the HSE, there are more than 20,000 or so noise induced work related diagnosis reported in the UK each year. This is a significant number which requires significant focus, however, there are far too many examples of companies adopting a poor noise management strategy, ultimately impacting their business performance and affecting the wellbeing […]

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BG Group, now part of Shell, stung over safety failings

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BG Group has been reprimanded after failing to install fire safety equipment on an offshore gas processing platform that was first recommended 14 years ago, it has been discovered. Workplace watchdog the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued the firm, now part of energy giant Shell, with an improvement notice regarding the failure on […]

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Scientists find ‘cure’ for nuclear radiation exposure

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It sounds like science fiction. Yet a cure for Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) may be on the horizon thanks to an Israeli scientist and a team from Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. While the effects on humans of Chernobyl and Fukishima will forever reside in infamy, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently acknowledged that nuclear power facilities […]

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PSA censures Maersk Drilling over safety on Intrepid rig

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Norway’s offshore safety watchdog has ordered Maersk Drilling to sort out safety procedures on a rig which is on contract Total E&P. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it had uncovered problems with the Maersk Intrepid’s emergency preparedness management during an inspection. PSA specifically highlighted shortcomings related to “the training of the emergency preparedness organisation […]

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Offshore choppers probed over reported near miss

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Two helicopters came within 400ft vertically during a reported near miss in the North Sea. The Sikorsky S92 and Eurocopter EC175 were travelling towards each other, one inbound and one outbound when the incident happened. The S92 had just left the Britannia platform 130 miles north-east of Aberdeen and had started to climb to 2,000 […]

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Shell subsidiary agrees to payout over Pakistan tanker fire that killed more than 200

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A subsidiary of oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a $2.4million fine in compensation after a tanker exploded killing more than 200 people. Shell Pakistan Limited said it will pay the fine imposed by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to comply with the regulator’s directive. However, the firm said it was “reserving […]

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AIBN: chopper blades destroyed after hitting parked truck

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A Bristow helicopter had all four main rotor blades “destroyed” after hitting the roof of a parked truck, it has emerged. The accident took place at Stavanger Airport last July, while major construction work was ongoing, according to safety watchdog the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN). The Sikorsky S-92 was taxiing on a helicopter apron […]

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Pilot ditched AW139 after oil temperature warning

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An AgustaWestland helicopter was ditched in the Arabian Gulf after engine oil temperatures soared to dangerously high levels. The AW139 had two crew members and one passenger one board when it plunged into waters near Mubarras Island on April 29. All three escaped uninjured from the aircraft, the UAE’s civil aviation authority said in a […]

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Explosion in Iran coal mine kills two, traps ‘dozens’

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A coal mine explosion in northern Iran has trapped dozens of miners and killed at least two, according to state media. Ambulances, helicopters and other rescue vehicles raced to the scene in Iran’s northern Golestan province as authorities worked to determine the scale of the emergency. The IRNA news agency quoted Golestan provincial emergency management […]

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Ex Wood Group boss Keiller to speak at safety event in Aberdeen

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Former Wood Group chief executive Bob Keiller and Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse will speak at a safety event in Aberdeen. The North of Scotland Dinner, held by the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS), will take place at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on May 3, with the theme being “The future of energy in the […]

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Chernobyl 31 years on: Opinion – Chernobyl changed many lives

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The memory of Chernobyl is still strongly retained and solemnly commemorated in Ukraine, where, again, I will spend another Chernobyl Anniversary, on 26th April. Ukrainian television channels carry a Chernobyl logo in one corner of the screen and commemorative wreaths are laid at the many Chernobyl memorials throughout the country. This day in 2017 sees […]

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Chernobyl 31 years on: Are we equipped to deal with the fallout of another nuclear disaster?

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31 years ago today the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, close to the Belarus border, was hit by an explosion and fire. The 1986 incident is widely regarded as the biggest man made disaster in the world. The accident prompted sweeping health and safety changes across the atomic energy industry. But in 2011, a […]

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