Working offshore is getting safer according to new statistics, which reveal dramatically lower work injury and fatality figures than in previous years.
A study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found that no workers were killed while working offshore between 2008 and 2009, while also recording a fall of one-third in major work injuries with just 30 reported.
The number of significant hydrocarbon releases, often a potential precursor to a serious incident, also showed considerable improvement with 61 in the last year, compared to 74 the previous year.
Judith Hackett of the HSE commented: "The improvements in major and fatal accident rates are encouraging but industry must not take its eye off the ball.
"Investment in safety must continue despite the current economic climate putting a squeeze on resources."
The good news was overshadowed by the memory of the tragic Puma helicopter crash in April, which claimed 16 lives.