Posts Tagged ‘Covid’

BSEE has posted the 2021 incident data for US OCS oil and gas operations. While the 13 month publishing lag is disappointing, the spreadsheet (below the table at this link and attached at the end of this post) appears to be comprehensive and complete.

Of the 8 fatalities in 2021, 6 are classified as “non-occupational” and are thus not included in the 2021 fatality count (see table below).

The 2 occupational fatalities are the result of falling metal plates on a drilling rig and the release of casing pressure on a production platform. These fatalities are still being investigated.

The 6 non-occupational fatalities on OCS facilities also merit further attention. While historical data on health-related OCS fatalities are not readily available, 6 such fatalities seems high relative to past experience, particularly given that the total number of hours worked has declined by more than 50% since 2011. Are these and other health related questions being considered?

  • Were covid or covid related health issues a factor?
  • Are health screening programs sufficient, particularly for contractors? Contractors are 80% of the workforce but accounted for 100% of the 2021 fatalities?
  • Are offshore medical care and evacuation capabilities sufficient?

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7 cadets ordered off Coast Guard Academy campus over vaccine status. “They were escorted to the gate like they were criminals or something,” the lawyer, Michael Rose, told the newspaper.

Even those of us who are fully vaxed acknowledge the vaccines’ uncertain efficacy and risks, and the many issues with the CDC guidance and Covid protocols. Military personnel must comply with orders, but questionable orders should be revised as new information becomes available.

Regulators know that regulations, policies, and practices cannot be static. As we learn, we update and improve. Enforcing outdated guidance is just a power play, and demonstrates rigidity not competence. The Coast Guard understands all of this, so their decision to evict the cadets is especially disappointing.

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The New York Times calls out the CDC for not releasing Covid data:

Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the C.D.C., said the agency has been slow to release the different streams of data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.” She said the agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”

Another reason is fear that the information might be misinterpreted, Ms. Nordlund said.

“The C.D.C. is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization,” said Samuel Scarpino, managing director of pathogen surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute. “The steps that it takes to get something like this released are often well outside of the control of many of the scientists that work at the C.D.C.”

BOE and others interested in offshore safety have expressed similar frustration over delays in the release of incident data and reports by BSEE and the Coast Guard, and the limited inspection data that are publicly available. As is the case with the CDC, we suspect these issues have more to do with bureaucratic obstacles than technical limitations or staff reluctance.

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