Oil & Gas UK’s annual Health & Safety report is published today (19 June) and is available here. As in previous years, the report sets out a summary of industry health and safety performance across a range of indicators, and describes many of the issues and activities influencing that performance.
Industry health and safety performance during the last year presents a mixed picture; whilst progress has been made across certain areas, some safety indicators have deteriorated compared with the previous year.
The report confirmed that there has been a 49 per cent reduction in the number of reportable hydrocarbon releases over three years to the end of March 2013 – narrowly missing the 50 per cent industry target. Despite the decrease in the number of major and significant releases continuing a welcome five-year downward trend, the remainder of 2013 saw an overall increase in total number of releases. There was also a slight increase in the frequency of reportable injuries and dangerous occurrences, reversing the trend of improvement in previous years.
Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director, commented:
“Despite the ongoing and encouraging decrease in major and significant releases over the last year – the industry is not yet where it needs to be. Industry, working closely with the Regulators and the workforce through Step Change and other bodies, is refocusing attention on preventative strategies and programmes to maintain and enhance momentum in this crucial area.”
Once again aviation safety has dominated the industry’s 2013 agenda. In August 2013 a helicopter crashed on approach to Sumburgh Airport resulted in the tragic loss of four colleagues. An Air Accident Investigation Branch inquiry into this event is still ongoing. Robert Paterson comments:
“This incident prompted a number of investigations and reviews of UK offshore aviation safety by various bodies, including the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, the Parliamentary...