Latest safety report shows reduction in fatal accidents

Data submitted for IOGP’s annual Safety performance indicators report recorded an 8% drop in the Fatal Accident Rate and a decrease in fatalities from 33 in 2017 to 31 in 2018. This was against a background of a 2% increase in work hours reported. A total of 46 Member Companies supplied data.

While the total recordable injury rate increased by 3% over the previous year’s results, the lost time injury frequency decreased by 4%.

“Despite the fact that most of the figures in our latest report show improvement, every death and every injury must be considered a failure,” said IOGP Executive Director Gordon Ballard. “That is why it is so important to understand the causes behind each and every incident.”

Number of fatalities and fatal accident rate (2009-2018)

Analysis of the 27 fatal incident descriptions, in which there were 31 fatalities, has shown that at least 23 incidents (85%) related to the IOGP Life-Saving Rules and that these incidents and fatalities may have been prevented by the adoption of this system.

To see the 2018 safety report in full, visit

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