Oil & Gas UK Publishes Data on Size, Shape of Offshore Workforce

Data on the size and shape of the offshore workforce has been made available on Oil & Gas UK’s website in an effort to help guide the future design of offshore safety equipment.

The trade body, along with Robert Gordon University (RGU), undertook a two year study to obtain the data, which was funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant. The study was led by Dr. Arthur Stewart, a reader from RGU's School of Health Sciences and Dr Graham Furnace, Oil & Gas UK’s medical adviser. The results have culminated in eight publications so far.

“Our work has characterised the shape of male offshore workers using the latest 3D scanning technology," said Stewart.

"With our representative sample we assessed their ability to pass one another in restricted width settings or to exit helicopter windows, to assess buoyant force in survival suits, and have also identified 11 ‘physique clusters’ which typify the workers,” he added.

The partnership that produced the study was described as “extremely worthwhile” by Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment policy director with Oil & Gas UK.

“Findings will help inform all aspects of offshore ergonomics and health and safety, such as survival suit design and space availability in corridors and work environments offshore,” Borwell said.

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