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    IMCA publishes latest safety statistics

    News // June 24, 2005
    The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has just published its analysis of members' safety performance in 2004.

    A total of 36 contractors participated in the annual exercise - the highest number of contributors to date.

    The analysis shows that the offshore lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) fell again to 1.65 LTIs per million hours worked in 2004 compared with 4.25 in 2000, continuing the trend since IMCA first split the offshore and onshore analysis five years ago. The fatal accident rate also fell, to 2.75 fatalities per hundred million hours worked - down from just over 10 in 2000 and 2001.

    "We are delighted to see these downward trends amongst those working offshore," says IMCA's Technical Director, Jane Bugler. "IMCA is firmly dedicated to aiming for zero injuries. We are not so happy though to have seen the overall LTIFR rise slightly this year (to 1.13 from 0.99 last year) although overall working hours have fallen sharply, largely due to a fall in the reported onshore working hours.

    "While the overall figure was 4.96 in 1997, this is the first recorded increase in overall LTIFR and provides a reminder that, despite the remarkable improvements in offshore safety over recent years, there is still much to be done to hit the zero-injurygoal. Our Safety, Environment & Legislation (SEL) Committee's work programme continues to expand, with a variety of media used to get the safety message across, from traditional guidance to safety cards, DVDs, seminars and online discussion forums. Members' feedback on their own successful safety initiatives is, of course, always welcome."

    For the second year, the IMCA safety statistics analysis includes the leading safety performance indicators set out by IMCA in early 2003. With two years' experience in using and reporting the various measures, members are now being asked for their feedback on them in advance of a workgroup review, due to begin shortly.

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