IMCA Publishes Safety Statistics for members 2011

Health and Safety, Safety and Security, Technical — By on July 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Hugh Williams

Every year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) produces an annual report of safety statistics (covering fatalities and injuries) supplied by members.

“Safety statistics are a useful insight into the performance of a company and industry sector in the areas of health, safety and environment, ” explains Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. We publish the figures to record the safety performance of IMCA contractor members each year and to enable them to benchmark their performance.

“Our statistics for the period 1 January-31 December 2011 were provided by 195 companies and organisations, representing around 60% of our marine contractor membership, and based upon 583 million man-hours of work overall (431 million of them offshore). Fifty-five companies and organisations took part for the first time. The summary speaks for itself:

  • Overall lost time injury frequency rate (overall LTIFR) 0.64 (0.73)
  • Overall number of lost time injuries 370 (393)
  • Overall total recordable injury rate (TRIR) 2.40 (2.74)
  • Overall fatal accident rate (FAR) 0.51 (1.28)
  • Offshore  lost time injury frequency rate (offshore LTIFR) 0.71 (0.86)
  • Offshore fatal accident rate (FAR) 0.70 (1.29)
  • Offshore total recordable injury rate (TRIR) 2.63 (3.19)
  • Onshore lost time injury frequency rate (onshore LTIFR)  0.44 (0.43)
  • Onshore total recordable injury rate (TRIR) 1.76 (1.64) Summary of IMCA safety statistics for 2011 (last year’s figures in brackets)

• Key:

  • FAR – fatal accident rate;
  • TRIR, total recordable injury frequency rate;
  • LTIFR – lost time injury frequency rate

The highest incidence of lost time injuries (LTIs), of which there were 370, was caused by falls on the same level (including slips and trips) accounting for 24% of LTIs, with ‘struck by moving/falling objects’ in second place with 21%.

Of the 195 companies who contributed to the report, 57 were from IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section; 11 from Central & North America; 85 from Europe and Africa; 32 from the Middle East and India; two from South America; and eight were their International Contractor members who cover all sections.

“For the purposes of comparison, the safety statistics recorded here by our members are consistent with those of other main industry trade associations such as the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), ” explains Hugh Williams.

In common with these organisations and others in our industry IMCA is focussing on major incidents and asset integrity.  The results of such incidents are contained where appropriate in these statistics but particular learnings may be obscured by the occupational health statistics, from slips trips and falls, contained in the results.  IMCA is considering some new categories to enable these results to be separated and thereby to facilitate the desired outcome – learning from a major/asset threatening incident.  IMCA is also carrying out a review of its good practice guidelines which contain guidance related to major and asset threatening incidents to ensure that the necessary topics are covered.

Further information on IMCA, its work and publications is available from the website at www.imca-int.com and from IMCA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; email: imca@imca-int.com for general enquiries and publications@imca-int.com for information on all publications.

About IMCA

• IMCA is an international association with over 850 members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training. IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.

• IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving and ROV codes of practice, DP documentation, marine good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as e-CMID, safety recommendation, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.

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