21 Oct 2001

European downstream oil industry safety performance statistical summary of reported incidents – 2000

Report no. 3/01: The seventh such report by CONCAWE, this issue includes own employees as well as contractor data for the year 2000 from 20 companies (representing some 90% of the European refining capacity) and primarily covers the EU, EEA and Hungary.

The data is reported in terms of Lost Workday Injury Frequency (LWIF) as well as a range of other metrics. It is compared with the averages for the previous five-year period 1995 to 1999 and also to similar statistics from related industries as well as general EU figures. The improvement trend continues as illustrated by the 2000 Lost Workday Injury Frequency (LWIF) which at 4.2 is slightly lower than the average for the years 1995 to 1999 (4.5).

The responsible management of safety in the oil industry has resulted in a low level of accidents compared to other industries in Europe despite the intrinsic hazards of the materials handled and the operations carried out. In addition, all the fatalities reported were unconnected with these hazardous properties and resulted from road accidents or construction and maintenance activities.

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