The lost-time Incident (LTI) rate for the global drilling industry reached a record low of 0.37 in 2009 – a 25% reduction from the 0.49 rate in 2008. The global recordable incidence rate was reduced to 1.22, which is 33% better than the 2008 report of 1.82. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities did not see the same improvement, although it also did not worsen – it stayed the same as 2008’s 32 fatalities.
A total of 125 contractors, representing approximately 78% of the worldwide rig fleet, participated in the 2009 IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP), which has tracked safety and accident information for the drilling industry since 1962. Data here account for 422.07 million manhours worked, during which a total of 744 LTIs and 2,581 recordable incidents were reported.
Incidence rates are calculated on incidents per 200,000 manhours. Data are compiled separately for land and offshore operations and for seven geographic regions – US, Europe, Canada, Central & South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.