Lifting bolt warning

THE offshore regulator has issued a safety alert over the use of collared eyebolts as lifting equipment after an incident in which a 22-tonne chunk of equipment plunged almost two metres to the deck of an offshore drilling rig after a bolt snapped.

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The failed eye bolt in question.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority said the incident happened when the crew of the unidentified rig was replacing the diverter.