20 June 2014, News Wires – A worker is recovering in hospital after suffering a fall at the Westcon rig outfitting yard on Norway’s west coast in the third serious accident at the facility in five years.
The 38-year-old foreign worker, whose identity and country of origin have not been disclosed, was left unconscious and in a critical condition after falling into a tank on the giant jack-up Maersk Intrepid last week.
The man, who was working for a sub-contractor of Westcon, was airlifted by helicopter to Haukeland hospital and the yard issued a statement this week saying his condition had improved after medical treatment.
The police and Labour Directorate are working together with Westcon to determine the chain of events that led up to the incident on the Maersk Drilling-owned newbuild rig, which recently arrived at the yard for equipment installation and testing ready for work on Total’s Martin Linge field off Norway.
The yard has previously been the scene of two fatal accidents – one involving a 40-year-old foreign worker who fell on the Scarabeo 8 rig in 2011 and another in 2009 when a 29-year-old Westcon employee died from injuries sustained after being trapped under a crane.