N.L. orders implementation of fall protection system at Suncor

Order comes after Dec. 29 employee injury

N.L. orders implementation of fall protection system at Suncor

Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry regulator has ordered Suncor Energy to implement a fall protection system for all ladders above six metres.

The order came after the company submitted a report of its investigation on an incident on Dec. 29 last year, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) said in a statement, according to a CBC report.

On Dec. 29, a worker fell from a ladder inside a tank while conducting gas testing around 4 p.m. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and had to be flown to shore by helicopter. He was in stable condition when he left the Terra Nova oil platform and was sent back to St. John's for treatment.

On Dec. 19, the oil regulator for the province ordered Suncor Energy’s offshore Terra Nova site to shut down as it failed to meet requirements regarding its redundant fire water pump system on the floating installation, according to media reports.

The platform hasn't restarted production since. The C-NLOPB is still reviewing the incident.