OILC, the offshore energy branch of Britain’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, RMT, has leaked a UK Health & Safety Executive report on human and organisational factors aboard Transocean rigs in the North Sea.
one year on from the investigation and eight months on from the HSE issuing the report, and offshore staff and safety reps have yet to see sight of it, claims OILC.
Says ILC: “HSE had become aware of significant differences in accident rates between various rigs. Incidents reported varied from zero to 15 across four rigs in the 2-year period 2007-09.
The prominent and consistent indicator of Transocean’s organisational culture, according to the HSE, is discipline, blame and zero tolerance. The so-called accountability process, represented in the ‘just culture decision tree’, quickly steers investigations toward blame of the employee. Little consideration is given to wider organisational issues such as fatigue, distraction, communications failures, or defective equipment.