Aide Memoir for Geophysical Risk Assessors

A call for support and information: A simple database of fatalities that have occurred in world wide Geophysical operations.

Risk management has to be experience-based, and hence needs a “memory function.”  Risk assessments for low frequency, high potential incidents (fatalities) need to be done on the basis of collective industry experience.  With the great crew-change that is occurring today, to an extent this memory is being lost.

To help address this situation, IAGC and the OGP Geophysical HSE Subcommittee are assembling a simple database of fatalities from geophysical operations that have previously occurred.  We believe this important project will improve the industries’ HSE management of geophysical operations.  The database would serve this purpose and furthermore:
  • Provide essential training material for the new generation of professionals.
    • Knowledge of what has gone wrong in the past.
    • Avoid re-inventing of the wheel the hard way.
  • Help answer the question: “Has this happened before?”
  • Provide completeness checks on hazard registers and HSE guidelines and manuals.
  • Provide further statistical insight on the risk pattern and profile for Geophysical operations.
  • Enable the use of the full industry experience, rather than the limited experience of a single company or individual.
What has been done so far?

Sources so far used have been OGP annual reports, IAGC, CAGC and Step Change (SADIE) databases and reports from a number of companies and experienced individuals.  To date from these sources we have captured the following, all of which is available by downloading this spreadsheet.  Information on 550 fatalities, from 348 accidents in Geophysical operations.
  • In addition, we have included 324 fatalities from 221 accidents that happened in other E&P operations, but could have easily happened in Geophysics. 
While we believe this is far more than just a tip of the iceberg, we are convinced that a lot more fatal accidents have happened than what we have so far captured (and from which we all could learn a lot more).
How can you help?

We request that companies and/or individuals send us information on additional incidents not yet collected in our database. 
Please have a look at the database structure and content and send us any further information you may have related to fatal accidents on which you or your company have direct information. 
NEW - We have added a User Manual (first draft) to help one use the database and in providing additional items to the database.  [Thanks to Eelco for preparing this!] 
  • Information should be sent to IAGC's Bianca Lopez.
  • The database is kept fully anonymous, with no country, company, contractor or victim information.  Only the year of the accident is recorded, to reduce the possibility of entering duplicate events.
  • We are not asking for formal accident reports (although those would be best).  In fact, we accept data from “memory,” provided the source has first hand knowledge of the event, i.e. we must avoid “hear say.”
  • We have now also included the vehicle incidents from the source data bases.
  • In due course, we plan to package this as a joint OGP / IAGC report.
  • The spreadsheet database will also be made available to the industry via the web (see links).
  • We intend to periodically update the database.
  • Follow this link to a September 2007 PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Eelco Sixma to the IAGC/OGP Global HSE Forum for more background and analysis.
We all owe it to the victims of these tragic accidents that we do remember what happened and prevent this from happening again.  Please help your industry do this!
With special acknowledgment and profound thanks to Mr. Eelco Sixma for his passion for making geophysical operations safer, and for his foresight, initiative and significant efforts in getting this important project up and running.

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