Total recordable case frequency (TRCF)injuries per million working hours
Following steady and significant improvements in our safety performance in recent years, in 2013 we achieved our lowest-ever number of injuries per million working hours, the total recordable case frequency (TRCF). We maintained our lowest-ever level of injuries that led to time off work in 2013, the lost-time injury frequency (LTIF).
Sadly, however, five people lost their lives while working for Shell in 2013. This was three fewer than in 2012. All five fatalities were industrial accidents during construction and operations. Our fatal accident rate (FAR) – the number of fatalities per 100 million hours worked – improved in 2013 compared to 2012, and we achieved the lowest FAR that Shell has recorded.
At Shell, we place great emphasis on process safety management. This means making sure our facilities are well designed, well operated and well maintained, so that they can run safely without harm to people or the environment. We have rigorous controls in place and monitor indicators that focus on the strength of these controls to prevent incidents.
We follow industry standards for measuring process safety performance. In 2013, we recorded 65 Tier 1 process safety incidents (as defined in line with oil and gas industry guidelines) related to our operations, an improvement compared to 91 Tier 1 incidents recorded in 2012. We also experienced improvements in the number of Tier 2 process safety incidents, with 246 recorded in 2013 compared to 308 in 2012. We investigate and learn from these incidents in order to improve our performance.