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Prosecution Result Summary Result Convicted and fined $150000
Prosecution Result Summary Defendant: Sedco Forex ACN / ARBN / ABN 089 654 295 International Inc. Industry: Offshore Petroleum Defendant Type: Company (ARBN) Offence Date: 26 November 2004 Date of Determination: 29 April 2008 Incident Type: Crush injuries / Hit by Magistrate / Judge: Magistrate moving object / Crane Goldsbrough Incident Summary: On the 26th of November 2004 a 33 year old Roustabout was seriously injured when he was crushed under a 2.7 tonne heavy steel Diverter Running Tool (DRT) which was knocked by a moving gantry crane. A second Roustabout was also standing nearby, and sustained minor physical injuries. Both workers were significantly traumatised by the incident. The Roustabouts were working on the Jack Bates Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, which was operating about 68 kilometres South of Portland, Victoria. It was being used for petroleum exploration and was operated by Sedco Forex International Inc, also known as Transocean. After Drillers had secured the DRT to a Dodge Truck, it was lowered down to the Pipe Deck, where the Roustabouts were to remove the DRT and put it into storage. At the time, no person had identified that one end of DRT was protruding more that the allowed distance over the saddle end of the Dodge Truck or that this would obstruct the travel path of the Pipe Deck crane. Once the Dodge Truck was on the Pipe Deck, the crane driver moved the gantry crane into position. As he did this, one crane leg struck the lifting nubbin which was still connected to the protruding end of the DRT. This resulted in the DRT swinging around and off its saddle. One Roustabout was knocked to the deck and the heavy end of the DRT rolled over his legs. The other jumped clear. The Roustabout who was hit by the DRT sustained numerous injuries, including a head fracture, leg fractures and heavy blood loss, and had to be revived. It was three and half hours before he could be evacuated from the platform and once in hospital almost his entire left leg was amputated. The section 21(1) & (2) (a) charges related to a failure by the company to ensure the potential for overhanging on the Dodge Truck was eliminated or reduced so far as was practicable. This was despite an earlier incident of a similar nature having occurred in 2001, when a gantry crane on another oil rig, operated by the Defendant, collided with a catwalk in its path and killed a worker. The section 21(1) & (2) (e) charges related to a failure by the company to provide training on the dangers associated with overhang or any real supervision of the DRT storage work. Furthermore the crane driver was not appropriately qualified to operate the crane and he was not supervised. Court Number: Jurisdiction: Melbourne Magistrates Court CHARGES: Act & Section (Maximum Penalty) Count (s) OH&S Act 1985 - s 21(1) & (2)(a) Employer failed to provide & maintain so far as 1 was practicable for employees a safe working environment - plant & systems of work. (2500 penalty units.) (Indictable offence triable summarily.) OH&S Act 1985 - s 21(1) & (2)(e) Employer failed to provide & maintain so far as 1 was practicable for employees a safe working environment – information, instruction training & supervision. (2500 penalty units.) (Indictable offence triable summarily.) Plea: Guilty, on both charges. Fine: $75,000, on each count. Result: Convicted and fined $150,000. Plus $25,000 costs.
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