International E&P fatalities increase in 1997

One hundred workers in the international exploration and production industry died in work-related accidents in 1997, a rise from 74 deaths in 1996. This is the finding of the Oil Industry International Exploration & Production Forum (E&P Forum), London, which said vehicle accidents continue to be the main cause of death among E&P workers. The forum said one third of the deaths involved vehicles, while aircraft incidents were the second most common cause of death: 14 workers were killed in helicopter accidents, 12 in one crash off Norway. "Other multiple fatalities," said E&P Forum, "arose from two explosions in South America and one in Africa, and from vehicle accidents in Africa a...

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