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Boat Crashes Into North Sea Platform

An oil platform was “significantly damaged” when a supply ship crashed into the platform in the North Sea at high speeds.

The HSE reported that the ship had been in the safe zone before colliding with the platform at an excessive speed. Apache’s Forties Echo platform suffered “significant” damage in the collision with the Sea Falcon in March this year, adding to further concerns about health and safety on such rigs.

As a result of the incident, 15 men were airlifted from the platform. The HSE report found that the ship failed to be in the correct position before the incident. The report read: “The Sea Falcon entered the 500-metre safety zone around the Forties Echo installation and traversed the zone at excessive speeds above four knots on a heading directly towards the installation.”

 “The Sea Falcon collided with the installation, causing significant topside damage to the installation and the vessel.”

According to the HSE investigators the vessels owners Deep Sea Supply had “failed to ensure the health and safety of employees and others from the risk of injury”, however, the Singapore based company have insisted that they have since taken the relevant precautions to ensure that a similar incident does not occur again.

The incident is just of the many high profile incidents that have marred the North Sea oil industry in recent years, with many transportation accidents occurring in the last few years.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Health and safety in the workplace is vital, however, thousands of people are injured every year as a result of accidents in the workplace. Millions of sick days are taken and thousands are left seriously injured as a result of an accident in work, however, could more be done to prevent accidents from occurring?

Employers have a duty to protect and care for all employees in the workplace. There are strict regulations in place that an employer must do in order to properly protect workers, however with the number of deaths in the workplace rising last year, too many employers are still failing to protect workers. Employees should be given proper health and safety equipment, whether it be protective equipment or suitable equipment for carrying out tasks. Employers must also ensure that staff are properly trained to use equipment and carry out certain tasks. Failure to do so could result in a high number of accidents and personal injury claims.

If you have been involved in an accident as a result of poor or inappropriate equipment, or if your accident occurred as a result of poor or no training, you will be able to make a personal claim. if you have been injured in the workplace through no fault or your own, your employer has failed in their duty of care, and as a result you can make a claim for compensation.

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If you require advice or representation following an accident in the workplace or in a public place, our team of personal injury solicitors can help, you get the compensation and closure you deserve. Contact us today using our online contact form.

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