14 Jul 2021

European downstream oil industry safety performance

Report no. 6/21: The 2020 annual report on European downstream oil industry safety performance presents work-related personal injuries for the industry’s own employees and contractors and process safety performance indicators. Information was received from forty-two Concawe Member Companies and Joint Ventures comprised of member companies, together representing more than 97% of the European refining capacity. Total work hours reported (543 million) were around 12% lower in 2020 than in 2019, potentially associated with the reduction in staffing and fall in product demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, there were two fatalities reported by the industry, one Manufacturing staff and one Marketing contractor.

The number of Lost Workday Injuries recorded in 2020 (476) is 20% lower than those in 2019 (595). The combined number of Tier 1 and 2 process safety events across Manufacturing and Marketing in 2020 declined by almost 17% since 2019 (197 releases in 2020 and 236 in 2019). The numbers of Tier 1 and Tier 2 events declined in both sectors, with the largest reduction in the number of Marketing Tier 1 events 50% from 8 in 2019 to 4 in 2020. Note that 2019 data in this report has been revised based on new member company information received in the 2020 data collection. This report therefore provides the most accurate and up to date details of both 2019 and 2020 data.

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