A huge and emotional outpouring of distressed and angry emails have been received by the leading offshore workers’ trade union RMT since a fatal helicopter crash in Norway killed 13 people last month.
Pilot error led to a fatal helicopter crash off Shetland that killed four people, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said today.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch today said pilot error was responsible for a fatal offshore helicopter crash, which left four people dead.
A North Sea helicopter pilot who feared he would collide with a plane was forced to take evasive action – after a “relatively new” air traffic controller failed to tell him it was flying nearby.
A ruling that investigators should hand over flight safety data from a fatal North Sea helicopter crash to Scotland’s leading prosecutor is being challenged.
A pilots' union is considering whether to appeal a landmark legal decision to release the black box recorder from the Super Puma which crashed off Sumburgh in 2013 killing four oil industry workers. The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) is due to announce this week whether it intends to try and block the release of the recordings to prosecutors. Earlier, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland successfully argued at the Court of Session that the black box should be released to the Crown Office in order to speed the investigation into whether any criminal proceedings should be brought in connection with the crash. Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland and George Allison, 57, from Winchester died when the Super Puma crashed two miles off the coast at Sumburgh, in August 2013.
A Super Puma helicopter has made an emergency landing on a North Sea platform.
Ministers have rejected the Transport Committee’s call for a full, independent, public inquiry into the safety of helicopters used in the offshore industry. Louise Ellman MP, chair of the committee explains their disappointment. Just over a year ago four passengers died when a helicopter crashed off the coast of Sumburgh, Shetland – the fifth such accident since 2009 involving the transfer of oil and gas industry personnel to or from offshore installations in the North Sea.
Mick Cash, general secretary of offshore union RMT, said the refusal to hold an inquiry sends out a “negative signal” to offshore workers.
The UK Government has rejected calls from MPs for a public inquiry into helicopter safety in the North Sea oil and gas industry.
A new body has been launched to try to ensure that no more North Sea workers are killed in helicopter crashes.
A helicopter pilot called for emergency crews to Aberdeen International Airport this morning after coming into difficulty.
Fire crews were called to Aberdeen Airport this morning as a helicopter made an emergency landing.
Travel offshore will be business as usual, according to Step Change and Safety's Les Linklater.
Ground-breaking research to measure offshore workers' body size and shape with 3D scanners and which was started in 2012 is nearing completion.
HeliOffshore, a global safety-focused organisation formed by major providers of offshore helicopter transportation, has gone live and will be formally launched this month.
Helicopter safety update to take place in Aberdeen
Subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the “bedrock” for innovation in business and industry, according to helicopter firm AgustaWestland. The Anglo-Italian company said education was key to it meeting the aircraft needs of commercial and military customers around the world.
Energy Voice sat down with Step Change in Safety team leader Les Linklater in the wake of the biggest changes to affect the offshore transport sector.
Almost 52,000 offshore workers have been trained to use a mandatory new emergency breathing system (EBS) as new rules on their use come into for today, the industry safety body has revealed.
Scotland’s top prosecutor has made a landmark legal move to access the black box recorder from a Super Puma which crashed last August killing four oil workers on board.
On August 23 last year four people died when a CHC-operated Super Puma L2 plunged into the sea two miles from Sumburgh Airport.
OIL companies may have to charter boats or hire bigger helicopters to accommodate overweight workers following a landmark European legal move.
A landmark legal bid to have obese people officially classed as disabled could have “widespread and expensive” consequences for businesses, a leading Scottish law firm has warned.
The health of oil and gas workers is to be put under the spotlight at a special event in Aberdeen next month.