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    IMCA publishes annual safety and environmental statistics

    Publications // July 10, 2015

    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’ – with struck by moving/falling objects the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26 per cent); falls on the same level (including slips and trips) in second place with 88 incidents 21 per cent) and struck against, entrapment, and falls from height accounting for 37 (9 per cent), 34 (8 per cent) and 33 (8 per cent) incidents respectively. In all there were 424 LTIs recorded by IMCA members,” said 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 all designed to increase awareness and lower incident levels as we continue to strive for the ‘holy grail’ of zero incidents," said Mrs Bugler.

    “There were fewer fatalities (six rather than nine the previous year). Causes were cardio/respiratory failure; crewman hit by a blind flange and died of injuries; vessel master swept overboard by a parting rope and drowned; crewman hit in neck and fatally injured by snapping taut wire; man overboard – drowning; and crewman killed when nearby crane boom struck by lightning.

    “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.


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