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Rig worker injured off eastern Canada

Worker remains in hospital in stable condition: regulator

A worker was injured Friday aboard the semi-submersible Transocean Barents off eastern Canada as crews prepared the rig for the passage of Hurricane Dorian, according to regulators.

The Transocean employee was caught between a steel adapter weighing 1400 kilograms (3086 pounds) and a rail during crane operations, operator Suncor confirmed to Upstream on Monday. The incident could have been deadly, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said.

The semisub has been working for operator Suncor in the Terra Nova field off Newfoundland and Labrador. The contract on the rig was extended earlier this year to mid-2020.

An "all stop" was issued immediately following the injury and a medic and emergency response team were called to the scene. The worker was transferred by medevac to St John’s on Friday afternoon.

On Monday, the CNLOPB said the worker was in stable condition and was still in hospital under observation.

Operations were suspended on the Transocean Barents following the incident and the area was "secured", according to the CNLOPB. Drilling operations were still suspended on Monday and will not resume until operator Suncor has received clearance from the regulator.

The CNLOPB has launched a formal investigation into the incident.

Suncor did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

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