The annual report of safety statistics for 2010 (covering fatalities and injuries) as supplied, on a voluntary basis, by member companies, has been produced by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Statistics were provided by 172 contractor companies - the highest number ever to contribute, and based on 547 million man-hours worked (389 million man-hours offshore). The statistics have been issued to IMCA's membership (close to 800 organisations in well over 50 countries) as information notes, both as a summary and also in a fuller form providing a more detailed analysis of the 2010 statistics.
"Safety statistics are a useful insight into the performance of a company and industry sector in the areas of health, safety and environment," explains Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. "The purpose of these statistics is to record the safety performance of IMCA contractor members each year and to enable our members to benchmark their performance. The 172 submissions represent well over half of the marine contractor membership (other membership categories are services, training, personnel agencies, naval units, and corresponding members). Forty four companies and organisations took part for the first time.
"Obviously, comparing the 2010 and 2009 figures we are disappointed to see increases under most headings, with the exception of the overall number of Lost Time Injuries. This could result from the slight fall in hours worked. Whatever the reason, it shows that ever-greater efforts must be made to achieve the industry goal of zero incidents. As we explain in our report, the safety statistics recorded by IMCA members are consistent with those of other main industry trade associations - the OGP and IADC. We continue to share information throughout the year from incidents and fatalities in our sector, even those not reported in these statistics, through our normal communications such as Safety Flashes."
Hugh Williams adds: "Although we encourage all contractor members to take part in this safety statistics exercise, doing so is not mandatory, and statistics are submitted on a voluntary basis on the understanding of complete anonymity. The published figures are the combined safety statistics of only the 172 contractor members who actually took part. Because of this, the statistics do not necessarily capture all the incidents, including fatalities, which may have taken place within the marine contracting industry during 2010."
Further information on the statistics and on IMCA's work on behalf of its membership, including some 200 guidance publications aimed at constantly improving safety in the marine contracting industry, can be found on the IMCA website at http://www.imca-int.com and from IMCA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521 imca[at]imca-int.com