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Sleep-deprived Prelude workers complain to offshore regulator

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Sleep-deprived Prelude workers complain to offshore regulator

19 JULY 2021

OPERATIONAL managers of Shell’s Prelude facility are being accused of blatantly ignoring serious work safety occupational health and safety breaches as workers complain they’re being forced to work on only two to three hours’ sleep.

Shell’s FLNG facility moored offshore Western Australian has become notorious for the poor conditions faced by workers onboard.

Members of the union group The Offshore Alliance have made an official complaint to the offshore regulator, NOPSEMA, urging it to investigate alleged breaches of fatigue management standards.

The complaint, seen by Energy News, said the breaches occurred during planned operations and were not the result of employees carrying out emergency work.

The complaint is just the latest in a litany of OHS concerns leveled at Shell over conditions onboard the facility, revealed by Energy News earlier this year.

Allegations have ranged from falling ice striking workers to the forging of rope-access documents.

The reports to NOPSEMA also reveal a raft of faulty equipment and poor construction quality onboard the facility.

A NOPSEMA spokesperson confirmed to Energy News it had received the latest complaint and is investigating.

Shell could not be reached for comment.

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