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Recently there has been a vast increase in the exploitation of oil and gas reserves both onshore and offshore in Western Europe. This has resulted in an increase in the number of persons exposed to the risk of accident. Working conditions in the North Sea pose many hazards and serious individual accidents continue to occur. But one should not exaggerate these. On a per capita basis the risk is of a similar order to that in heavy construction industries or coal mines (but of course by comparison with the latter the risk of accident per unit of energy produced is much lower). So, it is right that the Commission should play its part in trying to foster any possible initiative in this field which will reduce these risks still further. There are six principal themes under discussion here: (1) to evaluate the real risk of accident, (2) to review the legislation existing in Europe, (3) to see how the risk of accident can be reduced by training personnel, (4) to examine the physical and psychological risks to health, (5) to consider the problems of contractual responsibility, legislation and inspection, and (6) to review emergency procedures.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: P. 434, UKL 25, 1983, ISBN: 0-06010-452-4, PUBL. BY: GRAHAM AND TROTMAN LTD, LONDON, (EUR 8438 E).
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