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November 8th, 2012

Oil Workers Evacuated From Housing Platform In Norwegian Sea

Rough weather, including gale-force winds and high waves, prompted Statoil ASA to evacuate by helicopter 336 people from a housing platform in the Norwegian Sea, the second time oil workers have faced serious safety issues since September. The platform offers temporary accommodations for offshore workers.

The helicopters evacuated workers 15 at a time to the nearby drilling when the housing platform tilted 4 degrees overnight after an anchor punctured a ballast. Statoil said the floating hotel was stabilized and there was no danger of oil or gas leaks, but the incident highlights the dangers of offshore oil and gas drilling during rough weather conditions.

The offshore injury lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent workers injured while working offshore.

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