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Offshore helicopter travel: is the UK oil and gas industry failing offshore workers?

Downie, Margaret; Gosling, Denise

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Margaret Downie

Denise Gosling



Abstract

In the United Kingdom, oil and gas workers have been transported by helicopter to their workplace at offshore installations for over fifty years. During that time, there have been numerous fatal helicopter accidents. Despite calls from trade unions, families and politicians, a public inquiry has never been held into offshore helicopter transport. The authors consider whether enough has been done to ensure the safety of these workers to meet legal and ethical standards. They analyse the legal position, the implementation of recommendations made in the wake of these accidents, and the way in which the power imbalance between oil and gas companies and helicopter operators influences safety in this area. They conclude that a public inquiry is required into helicopter safety in the UK Continental Shelf area (UKCS).

Journal Article Type Article
Journal New solutions: a journal of environmental and occupational health policy
Print ISSN 1048-2911
Electronic ISSN 1541-3772
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation DOWNIE, M. and GOSLING, D. 2019. Offshore helicopter travel: is the UK oil and gas industry failing offshore workers? New solutions: a journal of environmental and occupational health policy [online], OnlineFirst. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1048291119887189
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1048291119887189
Keywords Power; Legal; Risk; Safety; Ethics

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