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Dropped Object Risk Management

New approach to effectively reducing dropped object risks

Client:  International O&G operator
Industry:Oil and Gas
Asset: Production facilities, drilling rigs, etc.
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Year: 2014


An oil and gas operator had challenges addressing and mitigating dropped object risks on their offshore facilities.

Multiple in-house campaign efforts had been carried out to meet this risk, but the frequency and seriousness of reported dropped objects remained extensive.

Existing measures available on the market were deemed insufficient and ineffective in addressing the challenge. A new approach was required and Axess was asked to design and implement a solution.


Axess compiled a team of experienced engineers and designed an approach to deal with the client’s dropped objects related challenges. The first phase of the project involved a thorough data collection exercise. All existing measures and programs were reviewed, quantitative datasets were collected, and the management and offshore operational crew were interviewed.

Following the data collection process, an assessment and analysis phase was conducted to expand the understanding of dropped object causes and to determine why existing barriers were not effective. Hypotheses were developed and tested. Multiple contributing causes were found, of which the main findings were related to human factors. Based on these findings, and in dialogue with the client, new targeted measures were established. KPIs, training programs, monitoring tools and procedures were developed, scheduled, and implemented both within the on- and offshore organizations.


The solution was well received by the client and the involved parties. It resulted in an increased awareness and understanding of the deeper underlying causes of dropped objects on their facilities, which led to an improved control framework and more effective mitigation measures.

Contact Information

Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess North America Inc
15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 501
77094 Houston, TX
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess De México
+1 (281) 994-0367
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Rainha Ginga
127 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
Cape Town
Axess Africa Ltd.
1 Nares Street
7925 Cape Town
+27 82 202 5266
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Axess AS
Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 8929 2016
Axess Offshore (Mumbai)
WeWork, Building Zenia
Unit No. 5-119 Hiranandani Circle
Hiranandani Estate
Thane, Maharashtra 400607, India
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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