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Annual safety and environmental statistics analysis underway at IMCA

Published on 10 March 2016

Each year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) carries out a safety and environmental survey of its contractor members. Contractor member companies that have not already submitted their statistics for 2015 to IMCA are urged to do so with speed, for work is now underway to analyse the statistics and determine both safety and environmental trends. Safety statistics have been gathered since 1997 and the environmental aspect of the survey was introduced in 2013.

Revisiting the 2014 statistics

The 2014 figures safety statistics drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) showed that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators had continued in the longer term.

In 2014 direct causes of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) continued to be the ‘usual candidates’ – with ‘struck by moving/falling objects’ the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26%); ‘falls on the same level’ (including slips and trips) in second place with 88 incidents 21%) and ‘struck against’, ‘entrapment’, and ‘falls from height’ accounting for 37 (9%), 34 (8%) and 33 (8%) incidents respectively. In all there were 424 LTIs recorded by IMCA members

Sustainability – far more than a buzzword

“Sustainability is a word in increasing use, and with an ever-larger number of companies working actively on sustainability plans,” explains Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA.”Our environmental performance indicators, when published later this year, will once again cover indicators such as:

  • Number of oil spills per million man-hours worked;
  • Litres of oil spilt per million man-hours worked;
  • Bunkers used per million offshore man-hours worked;
  • Megawatt-hours electricity used per million onshore man-hours worked;
  • Tonnes of non-hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked;
  • Tonnes of hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked.

“Each year has seen an increasing number of IMCA member companies supply this environmental data in response to the survey,” he adds.”Listed or publically traded companies are in many cases required to provide annual information of this sort for their stockholders.

“When published in June the statistics will enable member companies to benchmark their own performance against that of their peers; and also compare steps to sustainability over four editions of our statistics.”