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IMCA: 2014 annual safety and environmental statistics

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World Pipelines,

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published its annual safety and environmental statistics. Drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) the 2014 dataset shows that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators has continued in the longer term.

“Direct causes of lost time injuries (LTIs) continue to be the ‘usual candidates’ – struck by moving/falling objects the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26%); falls (including slips and trips) with 88 incidents 21%) and struck against, entrapment, and falls from height accounting for 37 (9%), 34 (8%) and 33 (8%) incidents respectively. Totalling 424 LTIs recorded by IMCA members,” reports IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive, Jane Bugler.

“We actively continue to urge members, and non-members alike, to make good use of our extensive collection of safety posters, pocket cards and DVDs designed to increase awareness and lower incident levels.”

“There were fewer fatalities than the previous year […] we continue to work closely with our members and other trade associations to ensure that all marine contracting industry work-place fatalities are properly recorded, our focus remains on lessons learnt and information sharing to ensure that these incidents never recur. To this end we publish brief and anonymous information on each of the fatality incidents reported each year.”

Useful insight

“The purpose of these statistics is to record the safety and environment performance of IMCA contractor members each year and to enable IMCA members to benchmark their performance. 264 companies and organisations, which represent around 60% of the contractor membership, provided statistics.

“For the purposes of comparison, the safety statistics recorded by IMCA members are consistent with those of other main industry trade associations, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).”

Downloadable report in preparation

This year, IMCA will publish a short leaflet or downloadable report summarising the 2014 statistics, whilst continuing to publish a detailed statistical analysis of the safety data as a separate information note for members. The data is separated into offshore and onshore activity to improve consistency in the data collected.

Environmental data

The statistics also include environmental data provided by 59% of members. The information IMCA has sought to collect has been broadly based on IMCA SEL 010 – Guidelines for the use of environmental performance indicators and covers:

  • Number of oil spills per million man-hours worked.
  • Litres of oil spilt per million man-hours worked.
  • Bunkers used (either in t or in m3) per million offshore man-hours worked.
  • MWh electricity used per million onshore man-hours worked.
  • t of non-hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked.
  • t of hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked.
Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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