Significant accidents

These links are to regularly updated web pages, covering Safety Alerts, etc. For links to detailed reports about specific events (e.g. Montara and Macondo blowouts, Piper Alpha, etc.) see the Articles web pages.

The OGP Safety Zone has excellent summaries of significant incidents, including What went wrong and Corrective actions and recommendations for each. From June 2014 it is extended to cover well-related incidents. 

There are also searchable databases of fatal accidents, high potential events and causal factors.

Registration to receive Safety Alerts for all new postings is free.

The Maritime Accident Casebook is an authoritative, credible source, popular among both seafarers and accident investigators. Free podcasts, and subscribers can access more detailed accident publications.

The Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG) publishes valuable summaries of key process-related accidents, including the offshore fires/explosions on Piper A, P36 (Brazil), Mumbai High (India) and Deepwater Horizon.

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The CSB conducts root cause investigations of chemical accidents at (mainly onshore) industrial facilities. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems. Other accident causes often involve equipment failures, human errors, unforeseen chemical reactions or other hazards. The website includes lists of current and completed investigations, plus some graphic videos that are useful training/professional development aids.

Step Change maintains a searchable database of significant Incidents that the affected organisations wish to share, and IADC and Marine Safety Forum (bottom of the page) publish Safety Alerts.

The Gallery of Transport Loss has many photos of marine and aviation accidents, some involving offshore activities (scroll down for titles).