Tributes to oil rig worker killed on BP platform

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TRIBUTES have poured in for a Wearside oil rig worker who died while working on a platform in the North Sea.

Sean Anderson, 43, was part of a team carrying out routine maintenance on BP’s Unity platform when the accident happened shortly after 4am last Thursday.

His family, from the Mount Pleasant area of Washington, were too distraught to speak to the Echo.

Married father Mr Anderson, who was employed by the industrial services firm Cape, reportedly fell from the installation, which lies 97 miles off the coast of Aberdeen.

Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive under the direction of the Crown Office to determine the full circumstances. Simon Hicks, UK managing director of Cape, said: “We remain shocked and saddened by what happened. Our thoughts are with Sean’s family whom we will support in any way we can.

“Sean was a popular, hard-working and experienced employee. His co-workers are obviously shaken and saddened by the incident and we are making sure they too have all the support they need.

“We don’t know how or why this incident happened but we will co-operate fully with Police Scotland and the HSE in their investigation.”

Friends and former colleagues of Mr Anderson left scores of tributes for him on the Echo’s Facebook page after we broke the news of his death at the weekend.

Sandra Barella Powell wrote: “I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. RIP.”

Gemma Watson said: “RIP. Thinking of his family.”

Liam Hall took to the site to post: “Thoughts are with his family friends and colleagues on the Unity. The sad news travelled through many platforms offshore,” while Steven Bittlestone, who used to work with Mr Anderson, said: “Top lad to work with. RIP mate, you will be truly missed.”

A BP spokeswoman said: “It is with deep regret that Cape confirms the death of an employee following an incident.

“Our thoughts go out to his family, to whom we will be offering every support. The deceased’s co-workers are obviously shocked and saddened.”

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