Human and organizational factors in offshore safety

Kathryn Jane Mearns, Rhona Flin, Rachel Gordon, M. Fleming

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The role of human and organizational factors in predicting accidents and incidents has become of major interest to the UK offshore oil and gas industry Some of these factors. had been measured in. 111 earlier study focusing on the role of risk perception in determining accident involvement. The Current study sought to extend the methodology by focusing on perceptions of organizational factors that could have an impact on safety. A self-report questionnaire was developed and distributed to 11 installations operating on the UK Continental Shelf. A total of 722 were returned (33%. response rate) from a representative sample of the offshore workforce on these installations. The study investigated the underlying structure and content of offshore employees' attitudes to safety, feelings of safety and satisfaction with safety measures. Correlations and stepwise regression analysis were used to test the relationships between measures. The results Suggest that 'unsafe' behaviour is the 'best' predictor of accidents/near misses as measured by self-report data and that unsafe behaviour is, in turn. driven by perceptions of pressure tor production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-160
Number of pages16
JournalWork & Stress
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


  • human factors
  • organizational factors
  • accident involvement
  • offshore industry
  • RISK
  • OIL


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