Stork, Sparrows and BG Group launch investigation after offshore worker exposed to radiation

Stork logoBy DARA BUTTERFIELDSparrows logo

An investigation has been launched after a North Sea worker was exposed to radiation on the Lomond Installation, 145 miles east of Aberdeen.

The worker, who is employed by offshore contracting firm Sparrows, was exposed during a routine non-destructive testing inspection workscope, which involved radiography techniques.

A spokesman for Stork – the contractor which is overseeing the upgrade of the platform – said: ”Stork can confirm that on Sunday the 15th of February, an incident occurred on the Lomond installation.

“During a routine Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Inspection workscope, involving radiography techniques, it is suspected that an offshore worker was found to be within a barriered-off area. The individual has received medical evaluations both offshore and onshore and is confirmed to be safe.

“We are currently working closely with BG Group to conduct a full investigation.”

A spokesman for Sparrows Group said: “We are relieved that following a thorough medical check, our employee is safe and well. He was carrying out a daily routine task within a rigging loft at the time of the incident. We will continue to work alongside the operator and other contractors as the investigation is carried out.”

A BG spokesman said: “We are working with Stork and Sparrows to understand why the individual was located where he was and what process improvements are required in future. Most importantly we are pleased the individual is safe and well.”

The worker has undergone medical evaluations both offshore and onshore and has been confirmed as safe from any potential harm.

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