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Oil & Gas UK, the British oil and gas industry representative body, has said the oil and gas industry’s emphasis on continuous improvement has helped increase safety for the offshore workforce.

The organisation made the comments in its annual Health & Safety report, in which it noted a 48% fall in the number of reportable hydrocarbon releases in the past three years.

According to the report, there has been a considerable drop in incidences of over-three day injuries, to an all-time low in terms of safety performance.

The report has rated the oil and gas sector as the third-best performer in the UK in terms of non-fatal accidents.

Oil & Gas UK found that there has been a noticeable and steady reduction in the incidence of over-three day injuries, to an all-time low.

It added that the industry’s safety organisation, Step Change in Safety, has played a key role in the development of the industry.

"The report has rated the oil and gas sector as the third-best performer in the UK in terms of non-fatal accidents."

The report was published in the wake of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster .

Oil & Gas UK health and safety director, Robert Paterson, said the country’s industry has long performed well in terms of non-fatal accidents, better than sectors that would generally be considered lower hazard, including retail and the public sector.

"While several major incidents have had to be addressed in the period covered by this report, non-fatal, over-three day and combined fatal and major injury rates have all been in steady decline and cases of non-compliance with verification are at an all-time low," Paterson added.

"I am particularly proud of the part played by Oil & Gas UK in persuading the European Commission to drop its proposed regulation on offshore oil and gas safety and instead proceed with a directive."


Image: The oil and gas sector has been rated as the third-best performer in the country in terms of non-fatal accidents. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.

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