Improvement in UK offshore oil and gas safety, says report


Oil & Gas UK has revealed an improvement in performance in the latest annual health and safety data report into the UK offshore industry. 

The Health & Safety Report 2017 provides significant trends and issues of the sector’s performance on the UK Continental Shelf during the last year.

The report highlighted the collectively lowest level for dangerous incidents such as oil and gas releases, dropped objects, fires, and explosions. 

The sector reported 113 injuries in more than 50 million manhours worked offshore, which is the second lowest since the safety regulations came into force in the mid-1990s. 

It also mentioned that six operators witnessed no dangerous occurrences last year and nine operators had no reportable injuries during the same time period.

However, the report also mentioned a fatality happened during the unpacking of a container offshore.

"Process safety incidents such as oil and gas releases, fires or explosions and dropped objects are at the lowest on record."

Oil & Gas UK Health, Safety and Environment Policy director Mick Borwell said: “Our report reflects the continued industry-wide effort we make to maintain focus on the safety of our people and operations.

“That effort is paying back in the form of an improving overall performance.”

He stated that particular scrutiny has been paid to aviation safety following two helicopter crashes, with one killing 13 people in Norway and a non-fatal incident in the UK.

Borwell added: "Process safety incidents, which includes oil and gas releases, fires or explosions and dropped objects, are at the lowest on record.

"There has been a sustained overall downward trend in the total number of these hydrocarbon releases reported since a peak in 2004. Prevention of releases remains an absolute priority."