Fatal Helicopter Crash Report Released by Statoil

Fatal Helicopter Crash Report Released by Statoil

Published in Oil Industry News  September 2016

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An investigation report into the Statoil crash which killed 13 people has today been released.

The Statoil investigation concluded that the organisation is working well with helicopter safety on the Norwegian shelf, the company said.

The report also stated that the industry’s efforts to streamline and increased focus on costs must not be at the expense of safety.

“We will follow up the recommendations of the monitoring group which stands to strengthen Statoil’s work on helicopter safety and preparedness. Our ambition is to maintain our leading role in developing and strengthening the current standard for helicopter safety. The report provides a good basis to ensure the best possible organization and comprehensive approach to this”, says Cheif Operating Officer Anders Opedal.

Two Investigations

The AINB is investigating the incident, but Statoil decided in May that they should conduct their own investigation of the incident. The investigation team consisted of nine people.

The purpose of Statoil’s investigation was to identify measures to improve the company’s work with helicopter safety on the Norwegian shelf.

The investigation group makes recommendations on measures Statoil should follow up to reinforce helicopter safety and preparedness. This among other things must be prepared for a clearer aviation safety strategy and associated plan.

Organisation of helicopter safety in Statoil is complicatied, says the group. Many players participate in the work, and there are varying understanding of the individual roles in the work.

AIBN Spokesperson William Bertheussen advised Oil and Gas People that although the AIBN report is unlikely to be released any time soon, it is good to see that Statoil have conducted their own investigation with the aim of improving helicopter safety and addressing any identified issues.

All 13 on board were killed when a helicopter Airbus H225 crashed on its way from Gullfaks B in Bergen on 29 April. The helicopter lost main rotor and crashed on an island east of Turøy in Hordaland.

On the same day a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) was introduced grounding all Super Pumas of the type that crashed (EC 225 LP), days later the same ban was applied to it’s predecessor the AS 332 L2.

 

Fatigue

AIBN preliminary research suggests that the accident was most likely caused by a fatigue fracture in one of the eight second stage planet gears inside the helicopter gearbox.

The Commission believes the fatigue crack has evolved without being identified by the systems meant to notify about errors that are under development. However, it is not determined how the fracture occurred.

The pilots were defenseless when the accident occurred. The error occurred in less than one second, stated AIBN Kåre Halvorsen a few days after the accident. Nothing dramatic happened before the accident, and no distress message was ever sent out.

We know that the accident evolved very, very quickly from being a normal situation to an emergency, said Halvor


 

Union calls for urgent action to save North Sea jobs

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Union calls for urgent action to save North Sea jobs

Pat Rafferty

 Energy Voice Written by – 28/09/2016 7:03 am

 

A Scottish trade union called for “urgent government action” to protect jobs in the North Sea in the wake of a report which revealed plummeting investment in the region.

The Oil and Gas UK economic report for 2016 also confirmed that an estimated 120,000 jobs have been shed from the North Sea industry since 2014.

Unite’s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said a recent UK Government oil and gas workforce plan “fell short of arresting a decline in the industry”.

He said: “We have repeatedly called for a summit of key industry figures and ministers from the Scottish and UK governments to hammer out an action plan to save the offshore oil and gas industry.”

He said the OGUK report showed the importance of protecting workers from cost-cutting. Mr Rafferty said: “We can’t have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to slash pay and conditions and turn livelihoods upside down. It’s bad for the industry, bad for our members, and bad for the wider UK economy that relies on their income.”

The SNP said the report “exposed serious failings” by the UK Government.

Its energy spokesman Callum McCaig said: “The SNP have long called for serious, sensible measures which make a real difference in incentivising exploration and development of new prospects in the North Sea.

“With these latest figures showing record low activity in exploration, the time for action from the UK Government to boost activity and protect jobs is long overdue.

“At the beginning of 2016 the SNP called for this to be a ‘year of action’ from the Tory government on Scotland’s oil and gas industry. We even made it easy for them – setting out tax incentives and loan guarantee proposals which could have stimulated investment, sustained jobs and maximised recovery of reserves over the long term.

“Let’s bear in mind the North Sea oil and gas sector has generated £300billion for the Treasury and has now been abandoned by the Tories in its time of need.”


Unite the union has sent a strong message of solidarity to hundreds of striking oil workers in Norway.

 

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More than 300 members of the Industri Energi union went on strike yesterday after wage talks broke down with the Norwegian Oil Industry Association.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke sent the following message to Leif Sande, head of Industri Energi.

“Dear Leif
We are aware of your dispute on the North Sea with 335 of your members now on strike after mediation talks between the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association broke down at Schlumberger Norway, Baker Hughes Norway, Halliburton, Oceaneering and Oceaneering Asset Integrity.
Would you please send this message of support to your members from Unite.
Your Union has our full support and if you need help just please ask.
We know the oil sector is having a difficult period but the demands from employers are increasingly unacceptable to our unions and members.
We must now stick together in difficult times.
Solidarity
Tony Burke
Assistant General Secretary
Unite”

 


 

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Helicopter Firms ‘Could Speed Up’ North Sea Safety Improvements

 

Helicopter Firms ‘Could Speed Up’ North Sea Safety Improvements

Published in Oil Industry News on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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Safety in the North Sea could be improved more quickly if helicopter firms volunteered to make changes, rather than waiting for regulators to take action, a new report says.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) made a number of safety recommendations in February 2014 following a series of accidents involving offshore helicopters.

They included a ban on flying offshore in extreme weather, ensuring passengers are able to escape from emergency exits and fitting new breathing systems.

 

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But in a newly-published report, the CAA said safety improvements “could be introduced more quickly through […] operators voluntarily applying changes”.

The watchdog said the same result could be achieved by intervention from the European Aviation Safety Agency or through contracts imposed by the oil and gas industry itself.

The majority of safety improvements brought in since the 2014 report have been as a result of direct action by the CAA.

But it said work towards introducing six safety measures recommended in 2014 has stalled, including standardising emergency exit windows, mounting flotation devices on the sides of helicopters and employing self-righting life jackets.

While most of these improvements could reportedly be implemented in less than three years, the CAA said it was “unaware of any voluntary activity in this area apart from work on handholds and revised push-out window pull-tabs performed by Airbus Helicopters”.

There have been five serious offshore helicopter accidents in the UK over the last seven years, two of which were fatal.

Four people died when a Super Puma plunged into the North Sea near Shetland in August 2013 and 16 were killed in a similar 2009 crash off Peterhead.

The UK’s Super Puma fleet was recently grounded following an incident in Norway which claimed 13 lives, including that of Iain Stuart from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.

Source: stv.tv


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Unite the Unions succesful helicopter back home safe campaign highlighted inmprovemenrts offshore workers backed thencampaign amnd moved decsion makers to  implement  improvements

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Unite launches the Back Home Safe campaign for offshore workers

06 November 2013

Offshore workers together with Unite, the country’s biggest union are launching the ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign on Wednesday 6 November (see notes to editors), which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore flights.

Since August’s offshore tragedy, Unite has led an extensive consultation with offshore workers on the current safety of offshore flights. A survey of 532 workers found that over half, 50.7 per cent of workers are not confident about the safety of offshore helicopter flights.  A further 81 per cent of workers said that their level of confidence in helicopter flights had decreased in the last 12 months.

Our consultation shows that the vast majority of offshore workers are calling for:

• increased investment to create a larger offshore fleet

• changes to the internal seat configuration on offshore helicopters

• changes to the design of helicopters used for passenger transfers offshore

• internal emergency lighting fitted to helicopters to aid evacuation

• immediate implementation of all safety recommendations from past offshore helicopter incidents

• independent review to improve contingencies in the event of a ditching (to maximise the survival time for workers)

• improved survival equipment and training for workers.

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “Offshore workers are launching a really important campaign to improve offshore safety and to save lives.  Unite has spoken to hundreds of offshore workers who have clearly expressed their legitimate concerns but they have also made concrete proposals to improve safety.

“Over 1500 offshore workers have already backed  a petition calling for action which will be presented to  Oil and Gas UK next month. Overwhelmingly offshore workers are demanding action from the industry to improve the safety of offshore helicopter flights – Oil and Gas UK must now act.”

ENDS

The campaign will be launched by Tommy Campbell Unite regional officer with Chris Gordon from Thompsons solicitors and Unite offshore representatives in attendance.

For more information or to attend the event contact Willie Thomson on 07810 157 910. Alternatively contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315.

Notes to editors:

The campaign launch will take place at:

Where: Unite Office 42-44 King Street Aberdeen AB24 2JT
When: Wednesday 6 November
Time: 10:30 – 11:30

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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Unite says government must take action to protect offshore jobs

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Unite says government must take action to protect offshore jobs

27 September 2016
Scotland’s biggest union has called for urgent government action to protect jobs in the oil and gas industry.
Unite the union was commenting after a new report from the industry body Oil & Gas UK showed a massive fall in investment from £14.8 billion in 2014 to around £9 billion in 2015.
Unite’s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “We recognise that industry and unions can’t do this alone. We need government to take a much more active role in dealing with the major issues facing the North Sea.
“In July, we said that the UK Government’s Oil and Gas Workforce Plan was woefully inadequate and fell short of arresting a decline in the industry which has led to over 120,000 jobs being axed in the past few years.
“We have repeatedly called for a summit of key industry figures and ministers from the Scottish and UK governments to hammer out an action plan to save the offshore oil and gas industry. We repeat that call today.”
Unite also said that the UK Oil & Gas report showed the importance of protecting workers from cost-cutting.
Pat Rafferty said: “The report says that there has been a 45% drop in the cost of extracting a barrel of oil or gas. Our fear is that a large part of that figure has come from unsustainable cuts to jobs, pay and conditions.
“Companies have to realise that they can’t prop up their profits – or create a sustainable industry – by simply attacking the offshore and onshore workers employed in the oil and gas industry who are the bedrock of their success.
“We can’t just have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to slash pay and conditions and turn livelihoods upside down. It’s bad for the industry, it’s bad for our members, and it’s bad for the wider UK economy that relies on their income.”
ENDS
Notes to editors
For more information, contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org
Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.
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Facebook: UniteScotland

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‘We won’t be treated unfairly’

‘We won’t be treated unfairly’

First North Sea strike in a generation ends

David Eyre, Thursday, 2016

Members of Unite, Scotland’s biggest offshore union have voted to end an industrial dispute that led to the first North Sea strike in a generation. 

In July, members of the Unite union working on Shell platforms across the North Sea started strike action after rejecting proposed cuts by their employer, the oil facilities company Wood Group.

 

The workers faced losing up to 30 per cent in pay and allowances.

 

A proposal to end the dispute was put to members on 12 September, and today (September 22) the union announced that they had been accepted by 105 votes to 82.

 

“Our negotiations with Wood Group allowed us to reduce the levels of cuts being proposed to our members’ wages and terms and conditions,”  said Unite regional officer John Boland.

 

“We were able to secure improvements to competency payments and the introduction of a flexibility payment. Threats to life insurance, health care and sick pay have been removed.

 

“We have a commitment to greater work security for ad-hoc workers, and they now have greater opportunities to progress into permanent posts,” he added.

 

“As ever, our members have shown themselves willing to be open to meaningful negotiations and are not blind to the challenges facing the offshore sector in these difficult times – but they have also shown they will not be treated unfairly.

 

“I would like to pay tribute to all the stewards and members who stayed united, strong and determined during this dispute. They can be proud of the way they stood by each other in this difficult time.”

 

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North Sea Strike Ends as Pay Deal Agreed


 

 

North Sea Strike Ends as Pay Deal Agreed

Published in Oil Industry News on Thursday, 22 September 2016

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The strikes held by Wood Group employees have came to an end as members of Scotland’s biggest offshore union, Unite, have voted to end their dispute with the company. This puts an end to the first North Sea strike in a generation. However strikes in the North Sea look set to continue as Norwegian employees agree to hang up their tools in a separate round of strike action.

As a reminder, it was reported back in July that over 400 members of RMT and Unite unions went on a 24-hour strike against Wood Group’s proposed pay cuts; the strike was the first of its kind in 28 years.

Wood Group employees working on Shell’s Brent Alpha, Bravo and Charlie platforms, Gannet, Nelson, Shearwater and Curlew started the strike action after rejecting proposed 30% cuts in pay and allowances.

A second strike ensued, a 48-hour stoppage this time, after talks failed to come up with any solutions over pay reductions, proposed cuts and changes to working conditions on Shell’s North Sea oil and gas platforms.

Further industrial action, scheduled for August 12, was postponed after the sides agreed to allow space for further negotiations. As a result, a proposal to end the dispute was agreed between the unions and Wood Group on September 6.

Unite said on Thursday that the proposal negotiated with Wood Group was accepted with 105 votes to 82. The union also said that the proposal was put before its members last Monday, September 12.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Our negotiations with Wood Group allowed us to reduce the levels of cuts being proposed to our members’ wages and terms and conditions.

 

“We were able to secure improvements to competency payments and the introduction of a flexibility payment. Threats to life insurance, health care, and sick pay have been removed.

“We have a commitment to greater work security for ad-hoc workers, and they now have greater opportunities to progress into permanent posts.

“As ever, our members have shown themselves willing to be open to meaningful negotiations and are not blind to the challenges facing the offshore sector in these difficult times – but they have also shown they will not be treated unfairly.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the stewards and members who stayed united, strong and determined during this dispute. They can be proud of the way they stood by each other in this difficult time.”

Source: Offshore Energy Today

 


 

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