Offshore work injuries at all-time low

Working offshore is becoming safer, with fatal and major injuries now at their lowest level since the industry began to be regulated, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

No workers were killed while working offshore during 2008-09 – the second consecutive year with no fatalities – and there was a fall in major injuries, with 30 reported, a fall of 14 compared with 2007-08 figures, it said.

The combined fatal and major injury rate reduced to 106 per 100,000 workers in 2008-09, compared with 156 in 2007-08 and 146 in 2006-07, it added.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “The improvements in major and fatal accident rates are encouraging, but industry must not take its eye off the ball. Investment in safety must continue despite the current economic climate putting a squeeze on resources.”

The figures can be viewed online.

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