英国的工作场所健康与安全国家监管机构——健康与安全执行部门（Health and Safety Executive，简称HSE）确认，雷普索尔中石化资源英国公司（Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited）因一起失控起重机坍塌事故被罚款53.5万英镑，其中有两名工人受伤，其中一人在这次悲惨事件中遭受了被认为会改变生命的伤害。
根据HSE的说法，40岁的Greig Philip Harwood和69岁的John Divers是Enermech Limited的合同雇员，他们在2017年9月11日在北海的Fulmer Alpha油平台工作时受伤。根据阿伯丁郡法院听证会上的说法，一段重达13吨、长45米的起重机臂突然坠落到甲板上，飞出的零件击中了两名工人。
在听证会后发表讲话时，HSE首席督察Stephen Hargreaves博士表示：“Greig Harwood和John Divers非常幸运能够活下来。通过简单地采取适当的控制措施和安全工作规范，这起事故本可以完全避免。北海油平台是一个危险的环境，幸运的是，这次坠落甲板的起重机臂狭隘地避开了高压气体和油处理设备。“
Fulmar油田于1982年开发，由两个桥联的支架结构组成：Fulmar Alpha（Fulmar A）和Fulmar Advanced Drilling（AD）平台。 Fulmar A平台是一个重约12,400吨的八腿钢支架，而Fulmar AD平台是一个重约1,406吨的四腿钢支架。
Fulmar A平台位于丹迪以东约217英里处。它加工来自Fulmar油田、Halley油田（通过延伸井口）和Auk North联接管道的产量。此外，该平台通过上部油气出口模块为Auk、Gannet、Clyde、Orion和Flyndre油田提供运输和再分配服务。来自Fulmar、Halley和Auk North油田的伴生气体要么用作平台燃料，要么被燃烧。
Fulmar平台还具备通过从St Fergus终端运行的Fulmar天然气管道进口天然气的设施。石油通过Norpipe系统从Fulmar平台输出，然后运送到Teesside终端。2020年11月，Repsol Sinopec获得了英国当局对Fulmar和Auk North安装解除工作。
After two workers suffered injuries on North Sea platform, Repsol Sinopec slapped with £535,000 fine
Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has confirmed that Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has been fined £535,000 after the uncontrolled collapse of a crane injured two workers with one sustaining – what is deemed to be – life-changing injuries during the tragic incident.
According to the HSE, Greig Philip Harwood, 40, and John Divers, 69, contracted employees of Enermech Limited, were injured while working on the Fulmer Alpha oil platform in the North Sea on 11 September 2017. Based on what the Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard, a 13-tonne, 45-metre-long crane boom fell to the deck without warning, with flying parts hitting both men.
Furthermore, Harwood, who was 34 at the time, suffered a fractured jaw and lacerations to his chest. As a result of this, he had to have his jaw wired together and three titanium plates fitted. Harwood, who could not eat solid food for around four months, also suffered psychological damage and was diagnosed with anxiety, trauma, and depression due to this incident.
Harwood has stopped working in the offshore industry but continues to have physical symptoms where he cannot open his mouth fully and has no feeling in his lower jaw due to nerve damage. On the other hand, Divers, who was 63, also suffered physiologically and required counselling sessions. He could not face working offshore for 12 months.
Moreover, the crane boom missed a high-pressure flare line, a fuel gas line, and the main oil line by less than half a metre. If any of these had been hit it could have resulted in a serious hydrocarbon release. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Repsol Sinopec had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the work risks.
In addition, the firm had failed to maintain the crane braking systems and equipment in a safe condition before work started. As Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Act 1974), it was subsequently fined £535,000.
Speaking after the hearing, Dr Stephen Hargreaves, HSE principal inspector, remarked: “Greig Harwood and John Divers are lucky to be alive. This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out suitable control measures and safe working practices. A North Sea oil platform is a hazardous environment, and it was again pure luck that the crane boom, which crashed to the deck, narrowly missed high-pressure gas and oil processing equipment.
“This incident could have been avoided had the company properly planned and risk-assessed the work and adequately maintained their cranes. It is very disappointing that we are seeing failings of this nature bringing those working on North Sea installations perilously close to disaster.”
More about Fulmer A platform
The Fulmar field was developed in 1982 and consists of two bridge-linked jacket structures: the Fulmar Alpha (Fulmar A) and the Fulmar Advanced Drilling (AD) platforms. The Fulmar A platform is an eight-legged fixed steel jacket weighing approximately 12,400 Te while the Fulmar AD is a four-legged fixed steel jacket weighing approximately 1,406 Te.
The Fulmar A platform is located approximately 217 miles east of Dundee. It processes production from the Fulmar field, the Halley field (via an extended reach well), and the Auk North tie-back. Additionally, the platform provides a transportation and redelivery service for the Auk, Gannet, Clyde, Orion, and Flyndre fields through the topside oil export module. The associated gas from the Fulmar, Halley and Auk North fields is either used as fuel on the platform or is flared.
The Fulmar platform also has the facility to import gas via the Fulmar gas pipeline which runs from the St Fergus terminal. Oil is exported from the Fulmar platform via the Norpipe system for onward delivery to the Teesside Terminal. In November 2020, Repsol Sinopec received approval from the UK authorities for the preparation work scope plan related to the decommissioning of the Fulmar and Auk North installations.