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North Sea death

Published:  28 February, 2014

Following the death yesterday of an Taqa employee on the Harding platform, situated approximately 200 miles north east of Aberdeen, the company has confirmed it will conduct its own inquiry and is co-operating fully with all external investigations.

The company says it is also offering its full support to the family and will continue to do so for as long as required.

The incident happened just after 2.15am on the 27th February when its employee fell overboard during maintenance activity on the platform. He was recovered from the sea by a support vessel and flown by helicopter to hospital in Shetland.

Taqa said the remaining 108 people who were on the platform are safe and accounted for. Production has been shut down on the platform and an operation is underway to downman 74 non-essential personnel from the installation. TAQA took the decision to downman out of consideration for the welfare of its people following this incident.

The Harding platform is owned and operated by Taqa and is located 320 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen.

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