West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Sir Robert Smith today said a new report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on North Sea helicopter flights shines a spotlight on the importance of helicopter safety to offshore oil and gas operations.
Commenting, Sir Robert Smith said:
“Everyone involved in the oil and gas industry wants to see fewer accidents offshore. Reports that some workers may have been told to quit the industry if they had concerns over helicopter safety are a real concern.
“The issues identified in this report highlight the crucial role played by helicopters in North Sea operations.
“Commercial pressures should never come above the safety of key staff. Companies, Minsters and regulators alike need to reflect closely on the report’s recommendations.”