August 11, 2009 | Mark Paradies

North Sea Oil Safety Said to be Improving by HSE

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An article in Safety & Health Practitioner says that:

Further evidence of the improved safety performance of the oil and gas industry is provided by the latest offshore statistics, published by the HSE.

For the second consecutive year, no workers were killed while working offshore, while major injuries fell by 14, with 30 recorded cases in the 2008/09 period. This added up to a combined fatal and major injury rate of 106 per 100,000 workers – the lowest-ever recorded by the HSE and a significant advance on 156 per 100,000 workers in 2007/08.

What I would really like to see is a Process Behavior Chart of performance for the past 15 years. Then I could tell if there really was a significant trend or are we just observing the “noise” in the system.

Also, a “time between major accidents” Process Behavior Chart would be a great way to assess improvement.

If you don’t know about Process Behavior Charts and advanced trending, perhaps you should attend the Advanced Trending Techniques Course on October 5-6, 2009, in Nashville, TN.

This course is only held once per year. If you need to understand trends, don’t miss it!

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