Threat of legal action as oil firms fail to report accidents

The Health and Safety Executive is warning North Sea oil companies that they risk prosecution if they do not improve their procedures for reporting accidents. The HSE’s campaign arises from union concerns that many injuries which leave employees unfit for work for more than three days are going unreported – in breach of legal requirements. […]

The Health and Safety Executive is warning North Sea oil companies that they risk prosecution if they do not improve their procedures for reporting accidents.

The HSE’s campaign arises from union concerns that many injuries which leave employees unfit for work for more than three days are going unreported – in breach of legal requirements.

Unions say the problem occurs mostly at the end of offshore working periods, where for example, workers are injured on the last day of their tour.

HSE inspectors will ask operators what systems they have for determining the `reportability’ of injuries – particularly those that involve the employees of their contractors.