Offshore Safety “Not Good Enough” Says HSE

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Aug 242010
 

image Britain’s Health & Safety Executive, HSE, has warned the offshore oil and gas industry about its safety record as new statistics show increases in major injuries and unplanned hydrocarbon releases.

Figures released by the HSE show that there were 50 major injuries reported in 2009/10 − up 20 on 2008/09 and higher than the average of 42 over the previous five years. No workers were killed during activities regulated by HSE for the third year running.

The combined fatal and major injury rate almost doubled to 192 per 100,000 workers in 2009/10 compared with 106 in 2008/09 and 156 in 2007/08.

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Personal Locators Snowed In – Later Says Oil & Gas UK

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Jan 222010
 

imageBritain’s cold snap has contributed to delays in the phased re-introduction of personal locator beacons, PLBs, says industry organisation Oil & Gas UK. PLBs were barred from being carried onto helicopters operating in the North Sea after an accident in which PLBs may have interfered with the rotorcraft’s navigational systems.

Manufacturing delays, caused not least by the extreme weather conditions of the past few weeks, have meant that the phased reintroduction of the new personal locator beacons (PLBs) for use by the UK offshore oil and gas industry, will now take place early next month.

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