Our HSE management system is an integrated part of our total management system, and it is described in our governing documents.
A key element in our HSE management system is recording, reporting and assessing relevant data. HSE performance indicators have been established to provide information about historical trends. The intention is to document quantitative developments over time and use the information in decision-making and for systematic and purposeful improvement efforts.
The HSE data are compiled by the business units and reported to the corporate executive committee, which evaluates trends and decides whether improvement measures are required. The chief executive submits the HSE results and associated assessments to the board together with the group's quarterly financial results. These results are posted on our intranet and internet sites. Quarterly HSE statistics are compiled and made accessible on our website through the performance report.
Our three group-wide performance indicators for safety are the Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF), the Lost-Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) and the Serious Incident Frequency (SIF). These are reported quarterly at corporate level for Statoil employees and contractors. Statistics on our employees' sickness absence are reported annually.
The group-wide environmental indicators are reported annually at corporate level, with the exception of oil spills which are reported quarterly. The environmental indicators are reported for Statoil operated activities. This includes the Gassled facilities at Kårstø and Kollsnes, for which Gassco is operator, while Statoil is responsible for the technical operation (technical service provider).
Historical data include figures relating to acquired operations from the acquisition date. Correspondingly, figures relating to divested operations are included up to the divestment date.
We had six fatalities in 2009 in four different accidents. On 7 May 2009, we experienced a fatal accident in connection with the dismantling of scaffolding on Oseberg B, in which one of our contractor employees died. Three of our employees in Brazil were onboard Air France flight 447 which disappeared over the Atlantic on 1 June. On 7 September, a fatal accident occurred on the LPG carrier "Lady Shana" during a port call at Petit Couronne in France when a crew member fell from the shore gangway and into the river Seine. On 17 October, a fatality occurred when one of our contractors died on Statoil Canada's Leismer lease, located approximately 150 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The HSE accounting shows the development of the HSE performance indicators over the past five years. The use of resources, emissions and waste volumes for selected Statoil operated land-based plants and for Statoil-operated activities on the Norwegian continental shelf are shown in separate environmental overviews. See also the information on health, safety and the environment in the review of Statoil operations and the directors' report.
During 2009, our operations account for more than 154 million working hours (including contractors). These hours form the basis for the frequency indicators in the HSE accounting. Contractors handle a large proportion of the assignments for which Statoil is responsible as operator or principal enterprise.
Statoil's safety results with respect to serious incidents have been at a stable level in recent years. The overall Serious Incident Frequency (SIF) indicator decreased from 2008 (2.2) to 2009 (1.9).
There has been a decrease in the number of total recordable injuries per million working hours (TRIF) in 2009 (4.1) compared with 2008 (5.4). Contractor TRIF at year end 2009 was 4.8, and Statoil employee TRIF was 2.9. The lost-time injury frequency (injuries leading to absence from work) was 1.6 in 2009, a decrease from 2008 (2.1).
In addition to our HSE accounting at group level, the business units prepare more specific HSE statistics and analyses that are used in their own improvement efforts.
We were fined NOK 25 million by the public procecution authorities in Norway on 18 December 2009 in connection with an oil leakage incident that took place on 12 December 2007 on the Norwegian continental shelf. Statoil E&R has been fined a total of NOK 0.1 million in connection with approximately twenty minor issues related to, e.g,. food safety, the handling of liquid fuel and the transportation of dangerous goods. Statoil was fined NOK 2 million in December 2008 for a pollution of oil that occurred on 23 November 2005 on the Norne field, for not responding in accordance with the emergency preparedness plan.