Man dies in accident aboard a production platform offshore Texas

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Enforcement and Regulation (BOEMRE) reported that a man has died in an accident aboard an oil and gas production platform offshore Texas.

The accident occurred on August 16 aboard a Energy Research Technology production platform on High Island Block A557, about 75 miles offshore Texas in 224 feet of water.

According to the operator's report, the accident occurred during a crane lift where a large piece of equipment was being loaded from the platform onto a support vessel. The boom hoist cable apparently failed, leading to the collapse of the crane. In the course of events, the crane's harness struck and fatally wounded an employee.

The facility was not producing oil and gas during the time of the accident.

BOEMRE traveled to the platform and has begun an independent investigation into the cause of the accident.

"This was a tragic accident," said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased employee, as well as his colleagues and friends. This incident provides the most dramatic possible reminder of what is at stake as we work with industry to ensure the highest safety standards on offshore facilities and do everything possible to minimize the risk of such accidents."

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