The Size and Shape of UK Offshore Workers: Lessons learned from a 3D scanning survey
Dr Arthur Stewart
RGU Garthdee Campus
Since the previous survey of UK male offshore workers in the mid 1980s, their average body weight has risen by 19%. The recently completed RGU Size and Shape survey in conjunction with Oil & Gas UK used state-of-the art portable 3D scanning which quantified the increase in dimensions since then. Comparison between the previous and the current survey reveals a 3% increase in stature, and an increase in a range of body dimensions, including the wrist (11%) neck (14%) and waist (17%). The consequences of this body size increase include the increased space requirement mandated by larger workers. Application of the study data will inform future design specification for offshore infrastructure, transportation and apparel. The Civil Aviation Authority used preliminary data from the study to inform decisions about new seating rules in offshore helicopter flights, which were enshrined in law from April 2015. Whatever the underlying cause of the enlarged size of UK offshore workers, this public lecture will highlight some applications of the research data, which can help enhance the safety of offshore workers in the future.