A NORTH Sea oil company is at the centre of a major offshore safety investigation after a fire put more than 100 workers at risk of an explosion.
The Health and Safety Executive has accused CNR International of failing to properly protect workers after crude oil ignited on the Tiffany platform.
One hundred and twenty people were on board at the time – and the Press and Journal can reveal today that the installation’s sprinkler systems did not launch automatically and had to be triggered manually to prevent disaster.
The UK Government body has issued two improvement notices to CNR, including one this week, as the investigation continues.
Jake Molloy, of the RMT union, said the water sprinklers – known as a deluge system – were “critical” for safety.
“This incident shows why we need to get all safety-critical maintenance done as soon as possible, particularly on the older platforms,” he said
A spokesman for CNR confirmed nobody had been injured in the incident.
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