ExxonMobil pays $40,000 fine for near miss incident off Nova Scotia

ExxonMobil has been fined $40,000 for a potentially fatal near-miss incident that happened in November 2018 aboard a jack-up rig offshore Nova Scotia, Canada.

Noble Regina Allen / Image source: Noble Corp.
Noble Regina Allen / Image source: Noble Corp.

The incident happened during lifting operations involving a utility winch on the drill floor of the Noble Regina Allen jack-up rig while adjacent to the Venture platform.

Due to the failure of a 4-part shackle, lifting-arrangement equipment with a total weight of approximately 225 pounds dropped approximately 58 feet while employees were in the process of disconnecting a load.

The dropped lifting-arrangement equipment fell approximately one foot away from an employee. Nobody was injured by the incident was classified as a near-miss with a potential for a fatality.

In a statement last week, The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) said the equipment used in a lifting operation that took place on the Noble Regina Allen drilling unit under contract to ExxonMobil had not been maintained and operated in a manner that prevented the incident.

“The CNSOPB determined that this violation should be subject to an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) of $40,000. A Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued to ExxonMobil on July 12, 2019.  The AMP was paid by ExxonMobil on August 12, 2019,” CNSOPB said.

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