During last year, IMCA made an important change to the template for submission of safety flashes, having aligned safety reporting to IOGP’s Life-Saving Rules.
- Bypassing Safety Controls
- Confined Space
- Energy Isolation
- Hot Work
- Line of Fire
- Safe Mechanical Lifting
- Work Authorization
- Working at Height
This change enabled those reporting incidents to indicate into which of the nine IOGP Life-Saving Rules (or category) the given incident or event might fall. The top 3 most broken rules were:
- ‘Bypassing Safety Controls’ – 48%
- ‘Line of Fire (including drops)’ – 30%; and
- ‘Safe Mechanical Lifting’ -13% .
Each of the nine Rules highlights a key action to prevent fatal injuries during activities that are high risk. Designed as actions individuals can take to protect themselves and their peers, every Rule is geared to a critical area where repeated fatalities have occurred,
…Nick Hough, Technical Adviser – HSSE explained.
In its annual overview for 2020, IMCA noted the following:
- Fewer fire-related incidents reported last year (6% last year, 14% in 2019).
- Near misses and potential incidents – 11% of reported events and incidents were of this sort in 2020. This was fewer than in 2019, but more than in 2018.
- As in 2019, 10% of reported events and incidents involved injuries to hands, fingers and thumbs.
- 10% of reported events and incidents involved cranes or cargo.
- 10% of reported events and incidents involved dropped objects.
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