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Drilling suspended, worker hospitalized after incident on drilling rig near N.L.

An undated photo of the Transocean Barents platform. Contributed/Suncor

Drilling has been suspended at a drilling platform located off the coast of N.L., after an incident on Sept. 6, 2019, sent a worker to hospital.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) said on Monday that they initiated a formal investigation into the incident that occurred on the Suncor-operated Transocean Barents.

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The C-NLOPB said the worker was injured as they prepared the rig for forecasted weather.

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The worker was reportedly caught between a 1400-kg steel adapter weight and a rail during crane operations.

An “all stop” was immediately called onboard the platform and a medic and emergency response team were called to the scene.

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The injured worker was transferred by medevac to St. John’s soon after.

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The worker is now in stable condition and remains in hospital under observation, but the C-NLOPB said the incident had the potential to be fatal.

Drilling operations onboard Transocean Barents will not resume until Suncor has received approval from C-NLOPB.

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