We are committed to protecting our people, our clients and the communities we work in, as well as the assets we design, build, operate and maintain. 

Our target

Across Petrofac, our aspiration is for zero safety incidents, and this is encapsulated in our vision, Horizon Zero. We aim to achieve zero harm to our people and assets, the local communities and environment. 

You can find out more about our global safety campaign on our safety strategy page.

Our record

Historically, Petrofac has benefited from a strong safety record

Despite an impressive safety performance across much of the Group, we regrettably experienced two major incidents in June 2018 that resulted in three fatalities.

A priority for the year was to learn from these events and ensure the entire Group remains committed to the safety agenda. We therefore enhanced our programme of well-established health, safety, security, environment and integrity assurance (HSSEIA) measures with the introduction of a new Safety Improvement Plan.

Reflecting on our safety performance

In early 2018, for example, the Group surpassed 125 million man-hours without a single lost time injury (LTI), highlighting our previously strong safety record.

However, from mid-2018, these achievements were overshadowed by two incidents, which resulted in three fatalities. In Kuwait, two people died in a scaffolding failure and, in Mexico, an accident involving a below-deck-walkway on an offshore platform resulted in the third fatality.

Both incidents were investigated in forensic detail and reviewed by senior management and, separately, by the Board. For the benefit of our subcontractor community, the incidents were analysed at our annual Safety Forum. They also catalysed the development and implementation of a new Group-wide Safety Improvement Plan.

In terms of broader indicators:

  • Lost time injury (LTI) frequency rate

– increased to 0.018 per 200,000 man-hours, compared to an industry average of 0.054 (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, 2017).

  • Recordable incident frequency rate

– increased to 0.06 per 200,000 manhours, compared to an industry average of 0.19 (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, 2017).

Sharing expertise across the industry

We continue to share expertise and reduce risk across the industry by collaborating with our peers. We are an active member of the UK Oil Spill Response Forum, and Step Change in Safety.

Policy

Read our Health and Safety policy

We always put the safety of our people first

HSSE boot camp

Our three-day boot camp for staff strengthens our high performance safety culture