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
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