Description of Incident
An establishment were requested to erect scaffolding at the request of the platform to support another contractor with operations to pull out a seal that was stuck on a wellhead.
A rigging arrangement was applied to the scaffold lifting frame and a scaffold ladder beam failed and bent during lifting operations.
Why it Happened?
Inadequate job planning – The lifting frame constructed was for 1 tonne only. However, the rigging arrangement was for 3 tonnes.
The Scaffolding Manual was not consulted for the lifting frame and it cannot be said that the structure was in accordance with the requirements put in place.
Good Practice Guidance
- No job is ever too important for Safety. Take the time to ensure all the correct processes have been followed and documentation is in place.
- The scaffolding structure was dismantled post-incident. In the event of an incident, the scene of an incident should be preserved to enable appropriate evidence gathering (e.g. photographs)