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Offshore Incident Statistics

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) collects offshore incident statistics and uses the results of incident investigations and data analysis to identify incident causes and trends. Appropriate actions are then identified to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of these incidents and to enhance safety and environmental protection on the OCS.

The following notes should be considered when reviewing Offshore Incident Statistics:

  • Based upon investigation findings, the incident number totals in the Offshore Incident Statistics Table may change on an annual basis.
  • Non-occupational fatalities are not included in the Offshore Incident Statistic Table counts.
  • Incidents may be counted in more than one category. For example, a fire resulting in an injury would be counted in both the fire and injury category.
  • All fatalities are required to be reported in accordance with BSEE regulations 30 CFR 250.188. However, not all fatalities are associated with BSEE jurisdiction.
  • BSEE's Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) regulation requires all operators submit performance measure data to BSEE. For more detailed information on OCS Performance Measures visit the SEMS webpage.
  • Notice to Lessees (NTL) 2019-N05 provides additional clarification on the types of incidents to be reported and how those incidents should be reported.
Year Fatalities Injuries Lifting Fires Explosions Musters Gas
Releases
Collisions Loss of
Well Control
Spills1 
≥ 1 BBL
2020 (CY) 65 160 274 87 1 81 73 7 1 11
2019 (CY) 64 222 169 84 4 87 20 10 2 14
2018 (CY) 1 171 111 77 3 82 19 6 1 19
2017 4th Quarter2 1 37 26 15 1 24 1 3 0 4
2017 (FY) 0 154 97 71 2 71 9 13 0 10
2016 (FY) 2 174 110 82 0 52 18 6 1 19
2015 (FY) 1 290 138 92 2 69 14 11 3 25
2014 (FY) 1 280 177 121 4 49 10 12 4 21
2013 (FY) 4 310 165 109 1 63 22 18 9 24
2012 (FY) 13 282 143 141 2 41 18 9 4 33
2011 (FY) 2 249 105 106 1 31 16 11 5 10
2010 (FY) 12 220 91 130 4 22 16 8 2 28
2009 (FY) 3 239 185 144 2 43 26 27 3 51
2008 (FY) 103 312 163 149 4 47 31 23 4 70
2007 (FY) 3 395 153 117 7 23 19 24 6 73
  1. The numbers in the Spills column include spills of oil, drilling mud, and other chemicals.
  2. 2017 4th Quarter only.
  3. Includes fatalities resulting from a helicopter incident.
  4. Two fatalities under BSEE jurisdiction. Two fatalities, resulting from a helicopter crash, are under FAA jurisdiction and two fatalities in a life capsule incident are under USCG jurisdiction.
  5. Includes two non-occupational fatalities.

Beginning 2018, BSEE began tracking the incident statistics by calendar year. Prior years' statistics were reported on a fiscal-year basis.

Spill Data before CY 2013

Effective July 17, 2006, BOEMRE revised the regulations for Incident Reporting. Related to this chart, changes were made to the reporting criteria for Injuries, Loss of Well Control incidents, Collisions, and Other Incidents. Thus the number of incidents shown in these categories for 2006 and beyond may be affected by this change when compared to previous years.

Effective July 17, 2006, BOEMRE required that injuries be reported if the injured person was evacuated from the facility for medical treatment or in the injury resulted in one or more days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer. The numbers of injuries shown on this chart include: 1) Injuries that resulted in one or more days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer and 2) Minor injuries that required medical treatment, but did not result in any days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer.

MMS Published Reports

Incidents Associated with Oil and Gas Operations from 1956-2000 (all in PDF)