ABSTRACT:

Since 1984 the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) has, on an annual basis, been collecting, analysing and reporting data on the safety performance of the global E&P industry. The 2003 dataset, on which the most recent analyses are based, consists of 2,247 million workhours of data. These workhours are associated with over 50#x0025; of the world's oil production and over a third of the world's gas production. Twenty four percent of the workhours reported are associated with company and contractor activities in the offshore arena. The paper focuses on the 13-year period from 1991 to 2003, during which particularly high quality data are available. Information is presented in terms of industry recognised safety measures (fatalities, fatal accident rate (FAR) and lost time injury frequency (LTIF)). The paper focuses on safety data pertaining to offshore activities. Comparisons are shown between offshore and onshore safety measures. Data associated with the safety performance of both company and contractor personnel are presented.Over the 13-year period there has been a significant improvement in the safety performance of the global E&P industry, both in the onshore and offshore sectors. The most consistent improvement has been in terms of reduction in LTIF, however, throughout the period, the LTIF associated with offshore activity has exceeded that associated with onshore activities.Regional differences in offshore safety performance are presented. In recent years there is little evidence to suggest regional difference in FAR, however differences in LTIF are evident. Consideration is given to the possible underlying causes of these differences

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