The lost-time incident (LTI) rate for the global drilling industry reached a record low of 0.37 in 2009 – a 25% reduction from 2008. The global recordable incidence rate was reduced to 1.22, which is 33% better than the 2008 report of 1.82.
A total of 422.07 million manhours were reported around the world, during which a total of 744 LTIs and 2,581 recordable incidents were reported.
The number of fatalities stayed the same at 32, which yielded a fatality incidence rate of 0.015. Employees with one to five years of service with the company accounted for 12 fatalities, the largest percentage. Five victims had worked for the company between five to ten years; five had worked for the company 10 years or more.
Eight fatalities occurred during rigging up or down and six during traveling operations. Twelve deaths were “struck-by” victims while seven were “caught between” incidents. Seven fatalities were floormen, five were roustabouts and three were supervisors of driller or above.
Of the seven reporting geographical regions, Canada had the lowest LTI rate (0.19) for onshore operations, and Europe had the lowest recordable incidence rate of 0.47. Offshore, Canada had the lowest LTI rate of 0.00 (no LTIs), while the Middle East had the lowest recordable rate of 0.66.
Further details on the 2009 ISP report will be published in the July/August 2010 issue of Drilling Contractor.