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