This report contains provisional details of offshore accidents, dangerous occurrences and ill health reported to HSE from 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, with summarised data back to 1995/96 for comparison. Finalised summary figures for 2004/05 are also included.
The main points are:
- Two fatalities were reported in 2005/06, compared with none in 2004/05 and three in 2003/2004.
- 50 major injuries were reported, two more than in 2004/05 and eight more than ten years ago.
- The major injury rate per 100,000 workers decreased again, from 253.4 in 2004/05 to 216.7. This is
32% lower than the 10-year peak of 321.7 in 1997/98. The combined fatal and major injury rate also decreased, from 253.4 to 225.4.
- 125 ‘over-3-day’ injuries were reported, an increase of 14 over the previous year. However the
over-3-day injury rate decreased from 586 to 541.8 per 100,000 workers. This is 58% lower than
the peak of 1293 in 1995/96.
- 491 dangerous occurrences were reported, compared with 558 in 2004/05, a decrease of 67. This
is the lowest level in the last ten years, and 35% less than the peak of 764 in 2000/01.
- The estimated offshore workforce was 18,940 in 2004/05 and 23,072 in 2005/06, an increase of
- As last year, the ‘maintenance/construction’ work process environment produced the highest
number of ‘all injuries’ this year, closely followed by ‘offshore deck’, which also had the highest
number of major injuries. Both had a fatality this year.
- For the combined fatal and major injury category, the work process environment ‘drilling’
experienced a reduction of 36%, whereas ‘offshore deck’ and ‘maintenance/construction’ increased
by 31% and 36% respectively.
- ‘Struck by’ was the most common kind of accident resulting in major injuries as it was in 2004/05.
Two-thirds of major injuries were to limbs, split equally between upper and lower, with finger, hand
and foot injuries the most common.
- The ratio of over-3-day to major injuries has fallen significantly over the last decade. However this year, as last year, it has increased, largely due to the reversal of the long-term downward trend of over-3-day injuries. This year the increased offshore activity may have had an effect. However, the three-year rolling average of injury rate still shows a decrease.