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Equinor’s first quarter 2023 safety results

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Equinor employee on the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.
Equinor employee on the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.
(Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

According to the safety results per the first quarter of 2023 the long-term positive trend of several indicators continues, however the injury frequency is increasing.

No oil and gas leaks were recorded in the first quarter of 2023. Eight oil and gas leaks have been recorded during the past 12 months. Oil and gas leaks are classified by the severity of the leak rate.

There have been no incidents with major accident potential or serious well control incidents in the first quarter.

In January and February, we had four incidents with serious injuries.

Jannicke Nilsson - portrait
Jannicke Nilsson, Equinor’s executive vice president for safety, security and sustainability.
(Photo: Sheyda Aalgaard / Equinor)

“I think it is important that we study each individual incident and learn as much as possible from it to prevent any similar incidents from occurring in the future. This is a reminder that even with a long-term positive trend, we have serious incidents resulting in personnel not arriving home safe from work,” says Jannicke Nilsson, Equinor’s executive vice president for safety, security and sustainability.

At the end of the first quarter of 2023 the serious incident frequency per million hours worked (SIF) was 0.4. This is equivalent to the level we saw at the end of 2022, and the lowest so far for Equinor.

However, the injury frequency has increased. For the first quarter of 2023 the total recordable injury frequency per million hours worked (TRIF) is 2.7, up from 2.5 at the end of 2022.

Our improvement work in the second quarter will focus on reducing the number of injuries.

“We are currently in a period of high activity, and for this reason we must focus strongly on safety across our industry. It is vital that we collaborate with and include our suppliers to improve our safety results,” says Nilsson.

Through the “Always Safe” annual wheel Equinor is collaborating with other operating companies and suppliers to enhance the understanding of what conditions are preventing safe work.

Equinor recently launched an e-learning course on preventing major accidents. The course will help ensure good interaction and understanding of risk across tasks throughout the company. The course is mandatory for all employees and available to the company’s suppliers.