Personal safety performance for the offshore oil and gas industry on the UK Continental Shelf continued to improve last year, with no reported fatalities and reportable injury rates lower than other sectors like construction and manufacturing.
This is according to the latest Oil & Gas UK Health & Safety Report published on August 1st, which also revealed that the category of dangerous occurrences (including fires, explosions, weather damage, gas or oil releases and dropped objects) also fell nearly 30 per cent between 2013 and 2015.
Furthermore, the lost time injury frequency rate on the Continental Shelf was lower than Norway, Denmark and Ireland, and below the European average.
“Health and Safety Executive statistics in our report show that the industry non-fatal injury rate and the over-seven-day and specified injuries rates also decreased. That picture of personal safety improvement was echoed in the smaller annual benchmarking exercise that we carry out ourselves. We looked at 28 production operators and found a continuing downward trend in the average frequency of reportable injuries and dangerous occurrences,” Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director Mick Borwell commented.
However, the most recent report from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association revealed that health and safety breaches in the sector in the UK rose by around a third in 2015 compared with the year before – suggesting that more work needs to be done in this regard.
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