UK’s oil and gas sector steps up safety

Oil & gas UK says the number of reported incidents last year was the lowest on record

By Jonny Bairstow

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry continued to see health and safety improvements last year, with a downward trend in the number of reported incidents.

Oil & Gas UK said only 255 such incidents took place in 2017, 67% lower than the year of the millennium and the lowest on record.

It recorded no work-related fatalities across the UK Continental Shelf.

Despite the continued improvements in process safety, personal safety, aviation and health, the industry representative stressed there was no room for complacency.

Oil & Gas UK Health and Safety Manager Trevor Stapleton said: “As a major hazard industry, the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has a clear duty to protect the health and safety of our people.”

The offshore wind sector also  achieved a decline in health and safety incidents in 2017, despite seeing massive sector growth.

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