Since 2009, a number of high-profile offshore events have heightened the emphasis on health and safety practices in the energy industry. Five of the most significant incidents to have happened in the previous years are listed below:
In August 2009, there was a blowout and fire on a wellhead platform in the Montara field off Western Australia. The cantilever jackup, West Atlas, was operating over an adjacent well at the time but all 69 workers were safely evacuated. The well was eventually killed after leaking for 74 days.