The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) confirmed agency personnel responded to a report of a fatality at Energy Resource Technology's High Island (HI) Block A557 Platform A on Aug. 16. The location is an oil and gas production platform approximately 75 miles offshore Texas, in about 224 feet of water.
According to the operator's report, an incident occurred early in the morning during a crane lift in which a large piece of equipment was being loaded from the platform to a workboat. An apparent failure of the boom hoist cable led to a collapse of the crane, which set off a series of events in which the crane's harness struck and fatally wounded an employee. There was no production ongoing at the time of the accident, a statement from BOEMRE reported.
BOEMRE inspectors traveled to the platform and have begun an independent investigation into the cause of the accident. The victim’s name was not available as of press time.