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FREITAS, Carlos Machado de; SOUZA, Carlos Augusto Vaz de; MACHADO, Jorge Mesquita Huet  and  PORTO, Marcelo Firpo de Souza. Work-related accidents on offshore oil drilling platforms in the Campos Basin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.1, pp.117-130. ISSN 1678-4464.

The offshore oil industry is characterized by complex systems in relation to technology and organization of work. Working conditions are hazardous, resulting in accidents and even occasional full-scale catastrophes. This article is the result of a study on work-related accidents in the offshore platforms in the Campos Basin, Rio de Janeiro State. The primary objective was to provide technical back-up for both workers' representative organizations and public authorities. As a methodology, we attempt to go beyond the immediate causes of accidents and emphasize underlying causes related to organizational and managerial aspects. The sources were used in such a way as to permit classification in relation to the type of incident, technological system, operation, and immediate and underlying causes. The results show the aggravation of safety conditions and the immediate need for public authorities and the offshore oil industry in Brazil to change the methods used to investigate accidents in order to identify the main causes in the organizational and managerial structure of companies.

Keywords : Occupational Accidents; Occupational Health; Petroleum; Accident Prevention.

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