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Posted on 02.02.2010 - 09:00 UTC in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

North Sea is getting saferNo workers were killed while working offshore during 2008/09 - the second consecutive year with no fatalities - and there was a fall in major injuries with 30 reported, a fall of 14 compared with 2007/08 figures.


Full and finalised offshore health and safety statistics for 2008/09 are now available on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

The detailed report follows the release of 'headline' statistics in August and contains figures on injury, ill-health and dangerous occurrences, including hydrocarbon releases, between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009.

The combined fatal and major injury rate reduced to 106 per 100,000 workers in 2008/09 compared with 156 in 2007/08 and 146 in 2006/07. The highest number of injuries occurred during maintenance and construction work.

The number of major and significant hydrocarbon releases, regarded as potential precursors to a major incident, also showed marked improvement with 61 in 2008/09 compared with 74 in 2007/08.

In 2008/09 there was a small fall in the three-day injury rate with 496 workers per 100,000 reporting an injury, bucking the broadly flat trend over the previous seven years.

Said Steve Walker, HSE's head of offshore:

"Though these figures suggest the sector is getting safer, with both the combined fatal and major injury rate and major hydrocarbon releases at their lowest since HSE began regulating the industry, they cannot be taken in isolation. 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.

"However, while continuing to work to minimise the potential for large-scale incidents, the offshore industry must not forget the risks to workers from every day activities such as lifting and carrying and maintenance work which were responsible for the vast majority of all offshore injuries during 2008/09."

The offshore injury, ill health and incident statistics report 2008/09 can be downloaded free from the HSE website at:

www.hse.gov.uk/offshore/statistics.htm

Alternatively, hardcopies can be obtained by contacting HSE.

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