Health and Safety Executive investigation finds offshore oil and gas installations must improve safety

A three-year investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into health and safety on offshore oil and gas installations has concluded that the industry could be doing a lot more to improve its safety record and prevent accidents and injuries.

The inspection of the safety and integrity of nearly 100 offshore installations found that many senior managers were not making adequate use of management data or giving ongoing maintenance sufficient priority.

The HSE looked at fixed, manned and normally unattended installations, floating production, floating production storage and offloading vessels and mobile drilling rigs.

It also found that senior managers often lacked the information they needed to make informed decisions and focus resources.

Many management-monitoring systems were biased towards occupational risk data at the expense of major hazard precursors, it added.

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