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Bilfinger worker suffered ‘serious' injuries on Chevron's Alba

US supermajor warned following incident during lifting operations on UK North Sea facility

US operator Chevron has been warned by the UK safety regulator after an employee of contractor Bilfinger Salamis was seriously injured on the Alba Northern installation in the central North Sea.

The worker, a member of the Alba deck crew, sustained injuries during lifting operations on 6 May.

Chevron was served an Improvement Notice on 30 August, which has only just been made public.

The exact nature of the worker’s injuries has not yet been revealed.

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The Health & Safety Executive told Chevron: “You failed to ensure that … lifting operations on the Alba Northern Installation were properly planned and carried out in a safe manner, resulting in the serious injury to a member of the deck crew during the removal of a compactor from a cargo carrying unit.”

A spokesperson for Chevron said: “Chevron North Sea Limited works closely with the HSE across all aspects of our operations. The HSE has highlighted a process improvement opportunity for Chevron and our applicable suppliers. We will work with the HSE, in a constructive and timely manner, to implement their recommendation.

“We have created and defined agreed work scopes which address the areas covered within the recent notice and will continue to communicate our progress to the HSE until the matter has been resolved.”

Bilfinger Salamis confirmed the worker was its employee but declined to comment further.

The Alba field lies about 210 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen in Block 16/26.