Nfld. & Labrador

Worker's fingertips caught in moving equipment on West Aquarius oil rig

An employee on an mobile offshore drilling unit off the coast of Newfoundland suffered a serious injury after his fingers became trapped in a piece of moving equipment, but has since returned to work in a reduced capacity.
The injury occurred on the West Aquarius oil rig, pictured here in this file photo from Bay Bulls Harbour, on August 15. (Darlene Scott)

An employee on an mobile offshore drilling unit off the coast of Newfoundland suffered a serious injury after his fingers became trapped in a piece of moving equipment.

Hibernia Management and Development Company reported to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board that the worker aboard the West Aquarius was conducting maintenance on the blowout preventer, which is used seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells, on Aug. 15 when the incident occurred.

The man's fingertips on his left hand were caught between moving equipment, and had to be airlifted to hospital in St. John's for treatment.

Work on the blowout preventer was suspended after the employee was injured, pending an investigation by the operator, a C-NLOPB statement said Thursday.

The Seadrill engineer was off for several days but has since returned to work.

A representative with Seadrill said the injured employee was cleared to work again starting Friday, but will be back under "restrictive duties."

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