Engagement Moment - A divided opinion of risk

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Description of Process: 

Cleaning and sand blasting works within a large temporarily screened area around live hydrocarbon-containing plant.

Description of Incident: 
  • Cleaning and blasting on live hydrocarbon-containing lines
  • Concern that the enclosure prevented natural ventilation and allowed the potential for an explosive gas mixture
  • Concern was raised through the normal company channels but workers felt the issue was not sufficiently addressed.  It escalated to a complaint by a Si971 safety rep to the HSE
  • HSE inspectors visited the installation and the complaint was upheld. All work stopped in the enclosed area
  • The safety rep’s actions were praised by the operator and the HSE
Good Practice Guidance: 
  • The communication process for managing issues raised by safety reps has been reviewed since the breakdown between the offshore management team and safety reps
  • On this particular installation, a new process is now in place to manage safety critical impairments (ORAs).  Also a new procedure is now in place for sand blasting and cleaning on live pipework
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Contributing factor: 
Change management


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