Fatal accident on Irish gas project 12 Sep 2013
- Work is at a standstill on the Corrib gas pipeline tunnel project in Ireland following the death of a maintenance worker.
Corrib gas pipeline jobsite
- Contrary to initial reports, it was an accident with the slurry-pipeline system rather than a compressed-air pipeline break that fatally injured 26-year-old mechanical fitter Lars Wagner from Germany. At the time of the accident he was part of the maintenance support crew for the 4.24m diameter Herrenknecht TBM that is excavating the 1.8km Corrib pipeline tunnel below the Sruwaddacon Estuary in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland.
- "The tragic incident occurred at the Corrib tunnel site shortly before 9am this morning (Monday 9 September) resulting in a fatality," confirmed a statement from lead contractor Wayss & Freytag and BAM Civil Joint Venture. "Operations were immediately suspended at the tunnelling site and a full coordinated investigation has been launched into the incident." The national police and the Irish Health and Safety Authority are conducting investigations.
- Project owner, Shell E&P Ireland, recently reported good progress, and said it had celebrated four million man hours and two years without any time off being recorded due to accident or injury. The company reported that tunnelling was several weeks behind schedule because of issues encountered while excavating the first 750m rock section. The TBM is expected to complete the 4.9km offshore tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay next year (2014). Once complete it will link the Bellanaboy inland gas refinery and the 80km section of undersea pipeline that will bring gas from offshore platforms in the Corrib field.
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