Operations onboard the offshore rig have been suspended pending investigation.
August 28, 2012
by The Canadian Press
ST. JOHN’S, NL—It will be a couple of days before operations resume aboard an offshore drilling rig off the coast of Newfoundland.
Safety officers are trying to determine why a hydraulic cylinder was dropped aboard the Henry Goodrich on Thursday.
No one was injured, however a spokesman for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says if the cylinder had hit someone, “it could have caused a fatality.”
Sean Kelly says in an email that the cylinder was 2.4 metres long and 20 centimetres in diameter, and that it fell about 12 metres.
A spokeswoman for the rig’s operator, Husky Energy, says the company halted operations as a precautionary measure while it carries out an investigation.
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