For more than sixty years the geophysical industry has been taking a journey towards greater safety and security for its workforce. In the early 1950’s, a worker in the geophysical sector of the petroleum industry was five times more at risk of injury than workers in other sectors of the same industry. Today a worker in the geophysical sector is at par with other oil and gas industry workers in terms of their safety.

It is the author’s intention to highlight the data available regarding safety statistics over the last six decades, and offer a brief review of which groups were stewarding safety issues during this same period. The paper looks at how the sharing of incident information began in the geophysical industry over 60 years ago and has continued to this present day. This sharing of incident information, for such a prolonged period of time, has been unique to the geophysical sector of the oil and gas industry.

A case is made that this sharing of information is the largest single factor in the dramatic improvement in safety performance within the geophysical sector of the petroleum industry. Mention is also made of how this sharing in the present day has led to the creation of a fatality and high potential incident database, again unique to the geophysical sector. It is hoped that this story may help encourage other sectors in the oil and gas industry to improve the sharing of incident information.

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