The UK offshore sector has seen no worker fatalities for the second consecutive year, according to a report by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

According to the report there was a decline in major injuries in 2008/09, taking the figure to 30, a reduction of 14 compared with figures in the previous year.

In 2008/09, the total rate of fatalities and major injuries fell to 106 per 100,000 workers, compared with 156 in 2007/08 and 146 in 2006/07.

Maintenance and construction activities accounted for the highest number of injuries.

The report shows a significant drop in major hydrocarbons releases, a possible precursor to a major accident, to 61 in 2008/09 compared with 74 in 2007/08.

The three-day injury rate recorded a minor decline in 2008/09 with 496 workers per 100,000 being injured, bucking the flat trend over the last seven years.

The HSE’s head of offshore Steve Walker said that these figures indicate that offshore enviornment is becoming safer. Major hydrocarbons releases and the total fatality and injury rate is at the lowest since the HSE started regulation of the sector.

“The tragic loss on 1 April 2009 of 17 workers in two separate air transport and maritime incidents – areas not regulated by HSE – is a stark reminder of the hazards of working offshore and the need to ensure they are carefully managed,” Walker said.