NOPSEMA Issues Scaffolding Safety Alert

Reported by Zoe | 02 Feb, 2013

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) released a safety alert in January this year on scaffolding safety. What Happened A scaffolder was dismantling a scaffold structure located on an offshore platform about 15 metres over the sea. A vertical scaffolding tube or dropper that was holding him there moved. Scaffold couplers …

Two workers fatally injured in drilling rig accident

Reported by Haydee | 27 Aug, 2012

Two workers were killed on Monday in a workplace accident on a drilling rig off Victoria’s southwest coast. According to the Herald Sun, a 60-year-old man from Scotland and a 32-year-old man from the Northern Territory were drilling a gas well, southeast of Warrnambool when the accident happened. Australian Workers Union (AWU) state secretary Cesar …

Ageing oil and gas facilities pose significant OHS risks

Reported by Haydee | 14 May, 2012

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) released a report on Friday saying that oil and gas companies operating in Australia fail to recognise the occupational health and safety risk  caused by ageing facilities. NOPSEMA chief executive Jane Cutler said that there are three uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases of particular concern because of …