Offshore Lifting Operations are high hazard, high risk activities with the potential to kill, cause serious injuries, or damage to critical plant and equipment. As 24:7, 365 days a year production and exploration facilities, offshore installations are highly reliant on lifting operations and lifting technology for much of their day to day needs. Yet, two-thirds (65%) of UKCS reported lifting incidents occur during in-board lifts using a pedestal crane and 75% of those worldwide. This presentation builds on the key findings of a comprehensive, independent Offshore Research project conducted with UKCS Deck Crews and Load Handling personnel. It provides the background to the research, an overview of the challenges and the relevance of key findings in terms of established human factors research in related areas of accident causation, factors influencing skills transfer, retention and decay; and the impact of organizational goal conflicts in developing a competent workforce and measures to ensure safety on the frontline. Finally, it provides examples of best practice and successful initiatives, which have been implemented to develop the confidence, competency and situation awareness of UKCS lifting personnel.

You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.