Oil Industry Accidents

There are 530 non-fatal personal injuries on average annually in the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector*. 47 major injuries were reported in 2012/13†. 88 ‘over-7-day’ injuries were reported in 2012/13. 351 dangerous occurrences were reported IN 2012/13.

Although the offshore oil and gas industry is a very dangerous business its strict safety practices mean it experiences lower numbers of accidents than many other industry sectors. The sector also shows a steady decline in accident rates in recent years.

However, according to the industry body’s 2013 safety report, the sources of ‘dangerous occurences’ in the offshore oil and gas industry included:

  • Lifting machinery failures
  • Pressure systems
  • Electrical short circuits and fires
  • Radiation incidents
  • Breathing apparatus malfunctions
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Well incidents
  • Pipeline hazards
  • Petroleum hydrocarbon
  • Fires and explosions
  • Release or escapes of dangerous substances
  • Dropped objects
  • Collisions
  • Evacuation

With so many potential hazards, accidents do happen and when they do, they can have a serious impact on the lives of the victims and their families.

Four categories of injury accounted for 90% of all injuries recorded in the sector in 2012/13. They were:

  • Injuries from handling, lifting or carrying
  • Being struck by moving objects
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falls from height

These accidents mostly resulted in injuries to limbs – like fractures, cuts and bruises causing considerable discomfort and suffering to the victims.

*Source: Oil & Gas UK; Health & Safety Report 2013
† Source: Health & Safety Executive; Offshore injury, ill health and incident statistics 2012/13