§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what have been the total numbers of deaths and the total numbers of serious accidents which have occurred in United Kingdom waters since the search for oil and gas started.
§ Mr. David Howell
Since 1964, when the first well was drilled, there have been 103 accidental deaths and 444 persons have been seriously injured, on or about offshore installations, in United Kingdom waters. The figures include 13 who died in the loss of the "Sea Gem" in 1965 and some of the injuries occurred in multiple accidents.
The figures for 1980, so far, are one death and 39 serious injuries.