Offshore Confined Space Entry at the African HSSE and Social Responsibility Conference
United Safety is glad to be a part of the first African Health, Safety, Security, and Environment and Social Responsibility Conference and Exhibition, hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers from 15-17 September in Maputo, Mozambique.
The theme is “Protecting People and the Environment: Getting it Right for the Development of the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa” and we believe they could not have made a better choice for the debut of this event in the continent.
To contribute to the knowledge pool on personnel safety, United Safety’s Gordon Davis is presenting a case study based on a project in Angola, showing that some companies are already putting the safety of their people first. “Solving Offshore Confined Space Entry Concerns with Safe Work Practices and Rescue Planning – A Case Study” will walk attendants through a 60-day turnaround for an offshore facility which involved opening, cleaning, inspection and repair of a vertical Deethanizer Column that is over 60 feet high and only three (3) feet in diameter. At the top of each of three packed sections of the column is an 18″ diameter man-way which sits on the corner of the offshore platform, 52 feet above sea level, and was the only entry to the space in question.
For the safety provider, a major concern was how to rescue a crew member from inside the column, if injured or incapacitated considering the vertical column’s narrow diameter. The team needed a safe rescue procedure prior to the turnaround. With support from the Facility Engineers, a mock-up structure was designed to simulate one ring section of the column, which was used to develop and practice the rescue plan.
Attend this presentation to catch a glimpse of best practices, lessons learned and steps undertaken to develop safe work practices and rescue operations.
Where: SPE African Health, Safety, Security, and Environment and Social Responsibility Conference and Exhibition
When: Technical Session 6 – Safety
Wednedsay, 16 September