Analysis of accidents caused by human factors in the oil and gas industry using the HFACS-OGI framework

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Nwankwo, C. D., Arewa, A., Theophilus, S. C. and Esenowo, V. N. 2021. Analysis of accidents caused by human factors in the oil and gas industry using the HFACS-OGI framework. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. 28 (3), pp. 1642-1654. https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2021.1916238
AuthorsNwankwo, C. D., Arewa, A., Theophilus, S. C. and Esenowo, V. N.
Abstract

Background: Human factors have been identified as the most common causes of catastrophic accidents in the oil and gas industry. Therefore, this study aims to analyze human causal factors of accidents in the oil and gas industry using the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System for the Oil and Gas Industry (HFACS-OGI) framework.

Methods: This study involved a quantitative data collection of 184 accident cases in the oil and gas industry that occurred from 2013 to 2017 from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) database. The causal factors of these accidents were coded using the HFACS-OGI framework. Accident data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and χ2 test.

Results: Study findings reveal that 23% of all accidents was recorded in 2013. 32% of accidents occurred in Asia, while 69% of accidents were recorded in onshore locations. Contractors were involved in 86% of accidents, while 28% of accidents occurred during drilling, workover and well services. Contractor’s work environment was the main human factor in 90% of accident cases.

Conclusion: The HFACS-OGI framework proves to be a vital tool for robust accident analysis of human factors in the oil and gas industry.

JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Journal citation28 (3), pp. 1642-1654
ISSN1080-3548
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2021.1916238
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