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STENACLYDEFATALITIESSUMMARYOFFACTS
InOctober2012NOPSEMAmadeanannouncementregardingitspreliminaryfindings,which
havebeenfurtherconfirmedthroughitsdetailedinvestigationoftheaccidentand
subsequentlyvalidatedbyanumberofindependentexpertwitnesses.Thisannouncement
providesanupdate.

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AnnouncementStenaClydeFatalities
Summaryoffacts10December2015
( PDF125KB)
ReportSummaryoffactsStenaDrilling
Australia9December2015( PDF61KB)

On3September2015,theMagistratesCourtofVictoriaimposedacriminalpenaltyof
$330,000againstStenaDrillingAustraliaPtyLtd(Stena)fortheirfailuretoimplementand
maintainsystemsofworkthatweresafeandwithoutrisktohealthasrequiredunderclause
9(2)(d)oftheOffshorePetroleumandGreenhouseGasStorageAct2006(OPGGSAct).
Bywayofprovidingadditionaldetailofthebackgroundto,andcircumstancesthatledtothe
accident,theSummaryoffactsusedinthecriminalproceedingsagainstStenaDrillingAustralia
isnowavailableonNOPSEMAswebsite.
WithreferencetotheSummaryoffacts,NOPSEMAnotes:
1.Adherencetosafetymanagementsystemrequirementsiscriticaltoensuringthesafetyof
personnel,includingtheimplementationofkeysafesystemofworkrequirementssuchasrisk
assessmentandtoolboxtalks.
2.Asuitableandsufficientriskassessmentshouldbecarriedoutforallstagesoftheworkto
beundertaken.Workersinvolvedinthetaskshouldhavetheopportunitytocontributetothis
assessment.Theassessmentshouldincludeaconsiderationoffactorssuchas:
asufficientlydetailedbreakdownoftaskcomponents
equipmentselectionanddesignlimitswhereapplicable
theimpactofexternalconditionsandfactorswhichmayimpactontheabilitytocarryout
thework
identificationandevaluationofassociatedrisksandapplicationofcontrolmeasures
identificationandallocationofindividualrolesandresponsibilities.
3.Unusualorchangedoperationalcircumstancesandproceduresshouldbesubjecttoarobust
managementofchangeprocess.
4.Communicationisacriticalpartofanyworkoffshore.Supervisorsshouldverifythatall
workersinvolvedinanytaskunderstandtheirroleandanyassociatedrisks.
5.Allequipmentutilisedinconnectionwithanyworkshouldbefitforpurposeandingood
workingorder.Iftheequipmentisnotworkingcorrectly,areassessmentoftherisksassociated
withtheworkortaskshouldbeconducted.
6.Dutyholdersmustsatisfythemselvesthattherequirementsoftheirsafetymanagement
systemsarebeingeffectivelyandconsistentlyapplied.

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