OIL and Gas UK’s helicopter safety task group continues to make good progress, an energy industry event will hear in Aberdeen today.
Bob Keiller will also tell the safety breakfast, however, that the work is still far from complete.
He said yesterday: “It’s now safer to fly in a helicopter than it has ever been, but more still has to be done to reduce risks of mechanical problems and improving a pilot’s ability to fly safely by things such as better helideck lighting.”
Mr Keiller is chairman of the OGUK task group, set up earlier this year to look at helicopter safety issues. He is also chief executive of Aberdeen-based energy service group PSN.
At the OGUK breakfast attended by nearly 400 people, Mr Keiller will share progress being made to improve helicopter safety in various areas. He will be among oil and gas industry speakers looking towards a safer future.
The task group was set up following an offshore tragedy earlier this year.
In April, two pilots and 14 oil workers died after a “catastrophic” gearbox failure sent a Super Puma AS332 L2 crashing into the sea 14 miles from Peterhead.