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    HSE unveils latest offshore health and safety statistics

    News // March 4, 2005
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK has published its full offshore health and safety statistics for 2003/04. The report contains provisional injury and incident figures for the year 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004, as well as finalised data for 2002/03.

    The figures show there were three fatal accidents during 2003/04 compared to none in 2002/03 and 48 'major' injury incidents, a decrease of 25 per cent on last year's figures.

    In addition, the statistics show a continued downward trend in the number of over-three-day injuries - with 102 incidents reported during 2003/04 compared to 120 in 2002/03. The combined fatal and major injury rate per 100,000 workers decreased to 271.4in 2003/04 from 310.4 in 2002/03.

    Meanwhile, the HSE report also reveals a reduction in the number of dangerous occurrences with 543 during 2003/04 compared to 635 in 2002/03. There were also 13 cases of work-related diseases reported during 2003/04, a decrease of six on the previous year.

    Single copies of Offshore injury, ill health and incident statistics report 2003/04 (Provisional data) are available free by contacting HSE at (Tel) 0151 951 3236. Alternatively, the report can be downloaded from HSE's website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/offshore/statistics/hsr0304

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