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Managing the safety, health & security of mobile oil & gas workers

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International SOS Foundation have just issued a guide outlining the aspects of safety, health and security for which organisations should take responsibility when they have workers travelling for work, or on international assignments.


Opinion: Many of the challenges from 1988 still face industry today

It’s been almost three decades since the tragic Piper Alpha disaster, the world’s deadliest oil rig accident that claimed 167 lives off the coast of Aberdeen. Yet many of the challenges that Occidental Petroleum faced 28 years ago are once again gripping the oil and gas industry today.

Health, Safety & Environment

Safety warning issued to helicopter operators

A safety warning has been issued to helicopter operators after a fault was discovered which could potentially endanger crews. The warning was issued on Wednesday by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), after a problem was found in rescue hoists. The fault was traced during a safety test on an Airbus Deutschland Helicopter MBB-BK 117 C-2.


Opinion: EU Offshore Directive will underpin unwavering focus on safety

Last month saw a significant moment for this offshore oil & gas industry. What might be considered the single biggest change to affect domestic offshore health, safety and environmental management in many years came into force – the EU Offshore Safety Directive. Following the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the European Commission (EC) refocused attention on the potential for major accidents and, in particular, major environmental accidents, deciding that consistent standards were required for offshore operations across the European Union (EU) – particularly as many other European countries, such as Romania and Cyprus, were at the early stages of offshore development. The initial proposal for an EU Regulation was met by strong opposition from Oil & Gas UK among others – against the threat that Regulation would have swept away our entire legal framework, which is recognised as world-class, used as an example of best practice by countries as far away as Australia.

Health, Safety & Environment

Total fined £1.4million after worker killed in oil refinery explosion

Energy giant Total has been fined £1.4million after a worker was killed in an oil refinery explosion. Contractor Robert Greenacre, 24, was working under a distillation column containing hot crude oil, which was released and caught alight at the huge plant in North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire five years ago. A colleague was able to escape with minor burns but Mr Greenacre died at the scene.


Families in wait for information on kidnapped workers in Libya

The son of a worker kidnapped in Libya has spoken of his shock at the incident. The man's father Fausto Piano was taken earlier this week along with his three colleagues Gino Pollicardo, Salvatore Failla and Filippo Calcagno. The men, who work for Bonatti construction company, were kidnapped near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah.

Oil & Gas

Offshore leaks at lowest ever level

The number of oil and gas leaks occurring offshore is at its lowest ever level, a new report says. Injury rates were also lower than in many other sectors, including construction, transport and manufacturing, according to industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK)’s Health and Safety Report 2015, published today.


Tornado in Texas hits natural gas drilling rig

A tornado in Texas has left three people injured after hitting a natural gas drilling rig in Texas. According to reports, one victim suffered minor injuries, another had non-life threatening injuries to his face and a third had suffered an injury to their abdomen.

Health, Safety & Environment

Investigation underway into vessel fire

More than 80 crew were evacuated from an offshore support vessel after a blaze broke out in its generator room. Thirty-five firefighters were called to Peterhead harbour after the alarm was raised on board the 426ft Fugro Symphony. Two units from Peterhead, two from Ellon and one from Maud went to the scene. A specialist foam unit from Aberdeen was also called and three firefighters wearing breathing apparatus along with a member of the ship’s own fire team pinpointed the blaze in the ship’s generator room on one of its lower decks.

Health, Safety & Environment

Watchdog urges tighter checks on helicopter flights

Regulators have proposed strict new safety rules for helicopters flying to unmanned oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) wants to tighten up procedures for trips to the 116 installations which are normally unattended offshore. The newly-announced plans would mean that helicopters would only be able to go to such platforms if they have full capability to fly safely on one engine following loss of power of its other engine.

Oil & Gas

Energy industry recognises stars of health and safety

The North Sea oil and gas industry raised a toast to its champions of safety at an awards ceremony in Aberdeen yesterday. Six awards were handed out at this year’s UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards to people and companies who went the extra mile to keep employees out of harm’s way. Vic Retalic, HSE and security manager of Premier Oil, was recognised for his creative approach to communicating health and safety messages, which includes the use of cartoons. He took the Safety Leadership Award home from the event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).