31st May 2020
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Helicopter safety petition

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A petition calling for MSPs to help to help restore “shattered confidence” in offshore helicopter safety has been passed by union representatives to the Scottish Parliament.

Over 3,000 offshore workers have backed the campaign launched after last year’s Super Puma crash off Sumburgh, which caused four fatalities.

The AS332-type helicopter was returning from the Borgsten Dolphin platform on 23rd August when it ditched off Garth’s Ness.

A total of 20 people have died in five offshore incidents since 2009.

Unite is calling for practical improvements to offshore helicopter design, survival contingencies and training.

It is also seeking an implementation of all previous recommendations made by authorities to maximise safety.

The hand-over coincided with a parliamentary debate led by North-East MSP Richard Baker.

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “The views of over 3,000 offshore workers cannot be ignored and their collective voice is loud and clear: They want safer helicopter transfers to and from installations in the UK Continental Shelf.”

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Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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