BDA Accident Statistics

One of the requirements of BDA membership is that members supply their accident statistics every year. Each return is treated confidentially and the figures collated into a BDA report. This process was first instituted in 2004 and the BDA achieves 100% return from the membership. The BDA uses the returns to identify trends. Future surveys will collect the causes of accidents.

The BDA accident return forms classify accidents according to the format in RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).

Information on RIDDOR can be obtained from the HSE website.

Those reading this section of the website will note that there are no accident statistics listed from 2014 onwards.

With transparency in mind, the statistics are normally collected at the same time as membership fees, but none were collected after Brian Stringer’s term as Secretariat of the British Drilling Association ended.

As a trade Association, representing the interest of the drilling sector, it is incumbent of us to collect as much information – statistics – from the industry as possible. It is only through benchmarks and baseline measurements that the British Drilling Association is able to track and drive improvement throughout the industry, ensuring progress is made, whilst adapting or modifying processes, guidelines and procedures where statistics indicate there may be an issue.

From 2020, the British Drilling Association will begin collecting accident information and statistics (non-commercial), making it available on this website, as a means of establishing a reference point against which the drilling sector can be judged.

BDA Accident Returns from 2006 to 2014 can be found below:

BDA Accident Statistics – Archive