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Fatality on Heidrun

February 15, 1999, 08:00 CET

Roughneck Børre Dalstein suffered a fatal accident on Statoil's Heidrun field in the early hours of 14 February.

The 27-year-old was working to free heavy drill pipe at the top of the derrick on the Norwegian Sea platform when he suffered extensive crushing to the chest area.

High winds prevented a helicopter arriving until 10.30 from the 330 rescue squadron based at Ørland in mid-Norway to take Mr Dalstein ashore. He was flown to the regional hospital in Trondheim but it proved impossible to save his life.

The deceased came from Elnesvågen outside Molde in mid-Norway, and leaves a partner. He worked for drilling contractor Procon Drilling.

Representatives from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the police arrived on Heidrun in the afternoon of the same day, and Statoil has appointed an internal commission of inquiry.

All drilling on the Heidrun platform has been suspended.