The boss of a former oil and gas worker who has taken his ex-employers to a tribunal over health and safety concerns has claimed there were “several people he could have gone to” about his problems.
Stewart Logan is taking action against Enermech, claiming the firm gave him no option but to quit his job.
But at the ongoing hearing in Aberdeen, his line manager, Jennifer Batchelor, said he only raised the alarm after leaving. Mr Logan worked as an Engineering Construction Industry Board (ECITB) trainer from 2012 onwards for four years, but left the role in July, 2016.
Earlier in the hearing, he claimed large valves had fallen down, logbooks were forged and training days were cut short.
Solicitor Tricia Walker said: “He suggested he had all these concerns about health and safety and that you would do nothing about them. He also says there was no one else he could have gone to.”
Mrs Batchelor replied: “He could have gone to any number of people, including my boss or QHSE (Quality, health, safety, environment).”
Ms Walker then said: “He says QHSE were invisible, that he couldn’t get hold of them.”
Mrs Batchelor replied: “No, they were very visible, they did tours of the site.”
She was also asked about the first time Mr Logan attempted to leave the post in November 2014. He subsequently changed his mind after being told his concerns would be addressed.
Ms Walker said: “He resigned saying he was having to fight every day for equipment and a safe space to carry out courses. He says he had come to you about concerns over health and safety in the valve workshop.”
Mrs Batchelor replied: “That is not my recollection.”
Ms Walker then said: “He claims his course was unsafe because he didn’t have flange spreaders, nut spreaders and mechanical alteration tools – would they have made the course he ran unsafe?”
Mrs Batchelor replied: “No, not having them would make the course more safe.”
Ms Walker then asked: “After his (original) resignation, did he return to you about any other concerns.”
Mrs Batchelor denied that he had.
The hearing, before employment judge Nick Hosie, continues.
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