BSEE Safety Alert: Grating Failures Cause a Fatality and Serious Near Miss


By: Hunter Pere

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the below safety alert last week. 

During a planned maintenance and construction outage on a production platform on May 16, 2020, a contractor working on the casing deck inside of a hard-barricaded area fell 30-40 feet to the deck below, resulting in death. 

On May 4, 2020, in a separate incident on another facility, an electrician fell through the grating where repair work was being conducted. The electrician was surveying lighting repairs when he stepped on a section of grating that gave way beneath him. He was able to catch himself using his arms to prevent falling through the plus-10 decking 40 feet below. Other employees in the area were able to assist him to safety. 

Therefore, BSEE recommends that operators and contractors consider the following: 

  • Review Safety Alert 353 with your workers, discuss hazardous areas and encourage feedback to ensure understanding;
  • Inspect your facility to confirm the integrity of decks, grating and structural support beams; 
  • Ensure that any area of marginal or suspected strength is identified, clearly marked and appropriately barricaded. Take measures to immediately repair, replace or mitigate the identified areas, and inform workers of these zones;
  • Ensure all personnel within areas of marginal or suspect strength follow all facility level fall protection practices in job planning and conducting operations; and,
  • Ensure that Job Safety Analysis is conducted and reviewed prior to the start of operation. 

Hunter Pere

Hunter Pere joined Danos in July 2017 as a field material coordinator. In 2018, he joined projects as a project coordinator and has now transitioned to a personnel coordinator in operations. He graduated from both Fletcher Technical Community College and Nicholls State University with undergraduate degrees in Business Administration.


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