Norwegian shelf saw significantly more accidents last year

2019 saw more personal injuries in the Norwegian oil industry than the preceding year, according to figures from the Petroleum Safety Authority. There was also a rise in the number of serious incidents.

Two people were injured in November when an explosion occurred on the Heimdal platform in the Norwegian sector. And there were unfortunately more of those kinds of accidents last year than in 2018. | Photo: Equinor

Safety statistics on the Norwegian oil industry reveal that the number of personal injuries increased from 196 to 230 between 2018 and 2019. 32 of last year's injuries were categorized as serious, while the number for the preceding year was 25, writes the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).

This increase happens despite oil companies having had significantly less maintenance work in 2019 than in 2018, looking at the number of work hours spent offshore.

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