Offshore helicopter travel: is the UK oil and gas industry failing offshore workers?
Downie, Margaret; Gosling, Denise
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|
|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|
|Keywords||Power; Legal; Risk; Safety; Ethics|
DOWNIE 2019 Offshore helicopter travel