A record hundred contractor members - an increase for the third successive year and almost double the number of contributors for 2005 - have contributed to the 2007 annual safety statistics exercise conducted by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
"Our annual survey shows considerable improvement in members' safety standards over the years and that we are consistent with other peer groups, but it highlights the need for continued further effort - there is still much to do," explains IMCA's Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. "Safety statistics are a useful insight into the performance of a company in the areas of health, safety and environment. The purpose of these statistics is to record the safety performance of IMCA contractor members each year and to enable IMCA members to compare their own statistics with the whole report, or company size peer groups, to maximise the benchmarking benefits."
IMCA has produced annual safety statistics (covering fatalities and injuries) supplied by members for over ten years. The 2007 dataset is drawn from a hundred IMCA contractor members, based upon 309.6 million man-hours of work overall (252 million man-hours offshore). This is a significant increase on the 2006 figures, particularly in the man-hours worked and the number of contributors which has increased by 35%, rising from 74 in 2006 to 100 in 2007.
These safety statistics are consistent with those of the other main industry trade associations including the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) - with details of their results included in the IMCA report.
As in previous years, data are separated into separate offshore and onshore activity to improve consistency. The offshore statistics cover offshore work only, whereas the onshore work covers work in such areas as fabrication yards and office work.
In 2007 the overall lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) and the overall total recordable injury rate (TRIR) have shown a broad continuation of the overall 'flat-line' trend of recent years, again highlighting the need for further efforts, and the importance of guarding against complacency.
In the last two years, information has been collected on the causes of fatalities and the immediate causes of lost time injuries (LTIs). This shows that the most common immediate causes of LTIs are 'slips, trips and falls' and 'struck by', with 'caught between' following a close third.