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Equinor’s third quarter numbers show a continued positive safety trend

According to the latest numbers, Equinor’s safety results continue to trend in a positive direction. Over the past 12 months, the number of serious incidents per million hours worked is still declining at the end of the third quarter.

The serious incident frequency per million hours worked (SIF) was 0.3, which is equivalent to the level seen at the end of the second quarter, and down from 0.4 in the first quarter. Serious injuries are also included in the serious incident frequency.

The total recordable injury frequency (the number of injuries per million hours worked, TRIF) is 2.4 for the past 12 months per Q3 2023, down from 2.5 in the second quarter. Additionally, 10 oil and gas leaks have been recorded during the past 12 months. Oil and gas leaks are classified by the severity of the leak rate.

“On 30 August a crew member on the LPG tanker Exo Galaxy fell overboard and died in Malaysia. The vessel was in operation for Equinor. This is a tragic incident affecting everyone involved and is a strong reminder that even though we see a positive safety trend we must keep focusing on safety in all our activities,” said Jannicke Nilsson, Executive VP for Safety, Security and Sustainability.

Throughout the year Equinor’s employees have worked with its suppliers on preventing major accidents, putting significant effort into safety-critical maintenance on the company’s installations and plants. The operator reported no incidents with major accident potential in Q3 2023.

“The lag in this type of maintenance has been strongly reduced since 2020, and it has never been lower than it is now. Reducing the lag in safety-critical maintenance is essential in our effort to prevent major accidents,” underlined Ms Nilsson.

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