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Risk management in anchor-handling operations: the balance between control and autonomy

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore different safety cultures in anchor-handling operations in the Norwegian offshore petroleum industry; how the crew and management cope with both critical and dan-gerous operations, compared to the periods in-between operations that are characterized by routine work. Be-tween operations, officers function as middle managers fulfilling organizations needs for control, predictabil-ity and audit requirements. During operations, dangers and complexity demands full focus and presence towards that specific situation. Thus, the different demands are balanced by actualizing two different safety regimes and work practices. The discussion in the paper is based on two research projects conducted in 2009 and 2013, focusing on safety conditions at anchor-handling vessels.

Category

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • NTNU Social Research
  • SINTEF Digital / Technology Management
  • Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Year

2015

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Book

Safety and Reliability : Methodology and Applications: Proceedings of the European safety and reliability Conference, ESREL 2014, Poland, 14-18 september 2014

ISBN

978-1-138-02681-0

Page(s)

685 - 693

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