Crane collapses at Eni offshore platform: one dead

One person was killed and two more were injured when a crane collapsed during the morning of March 5th at an Italian offshore oil platform run by oil and gas company Eni. The crane toppled from the Barbara F platform, about 60 km off Ancona, hitting supply vessel Aline B and injuring two people aboard before ending up in the sea.

Eni said the body of the 63-year-old crane operator had been identified in the crane cabin, which was lying on the sea floor, adding that “Eni expresses its profound condolences to the family of the colleague”.

The two people injured aboard the supply vessel were taken to hospital, it said. One was out of danger while the other was still receiving medical care.

“Eni immediately launched checks to shed light on the dynamics of the accident,” it said, adding that it was cooperating with authorities.

The crane broke from the platform structure while hoisting a nitrogen gas