Health & Safety Report 2013
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORT 2013
2 Safety Performance This section outlines key aspects of the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s safety performance using a number of metrics and a range of reference sources. Please note that the data sets cover different periods and the individual charts below stipulate the relevant reporting period. 2.1 Personal Injuries The UK offshore oil and gas industry is a major hazard industry. However, in comparison with other comparatively lower hazard UK industry sectors, it has a low personal injury rate and performs better than average, as illustrated in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: The Three-Year Average (2009 to 2012) Non-Fatal Injury Rate by UK industry Sector per 100,000 Workers
Offshore Oil & Gas
Number of Injuries
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Focusing specifically on the offshore oil and gas sector, the following figures 2 and 3 illustrate a steady decline in non-fatal, over-three-day, and combined fatal and major injury rates, in some cases dating back to 1997.
These data sets are provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and drawn from reports made to the regulator under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). As such, the data are reliable and verifiable. The improvement trends in injury rates are encouraging but the industry is never complacent and strives for continual improvement towards an injury-free working environment.
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