No one injured after huge cylinder falls from NL oil rig

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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