U.S. Investigative Panel to Probe Offshore Worker Death

Photo credit: BSEE
Photo credit: BSEE

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has established a former Investigative Panel to probe the recent death of an offshore worker in the Gulf of Mexico.

The BSEE says Nabors Drilling worker Roy Miller was killed March 10, 2016 during maintenance activities on Nabors’ Platform A rig on behalf of Whistler Energy LLC.

The platform is located at Green Canyon Block 18 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans. There was no pollution or additional injuries reported, the BSEE said. All drilling operations were suspended following the accident. 

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Roy Miller,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are committed to determining the direct and indirect causes of this incident.”

To investigate the incident, BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst has formally established four-member Investigative Panel comprised of a BSEE special investigator, an investigator, a well operations inspector, and an engineer. The panel will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident in order to identify the causes and any contributing issues that led to the death of Miller and make recommendations to prevent a similar incident from occurring.

The BSEE did not provide any more details about the accident.