HSE dissatisfied with UK safety record

Statistics for the UK offshore industry show that two staff were killed during service in 2006/07, with 39 more incurring major injuries.

Offshore staff

LONDON, UK --Statistics for the UK offshore industry show that two staff were killed during service in 2006/07, with 39 more incurring major injuries.

According to Britain's Health & Safety Executive, the total fatality/injury rate decreased 35% over the period to 145.51 per 100,000 offshore sector personnel. But the latest incident figures are still unacceptable, according to Ian Whewell, head of HSE's Offshore Division.

He added: "The number of major and significant hydrocarbon releases, one key indicator as to how major hazard risks are being managed, went up and that is of particular concern. The UK offshore industry faces considerable challenges if it intends to achieve its aim of being the safest offshore sector in the world by 2010."

Main causes of injuries were slips, trips and falls related to individuals being trapped, struck by swinging equipment, or affected by lifts, pulls, pushes, or swinging of loads.

08/02/2007

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