Almost 60 per cent of offshore workers fear for their health and safety and say that standards have dropped in the past six months, according to a new report from Unite. The union’s survey found 58.5 per cent of offshore employees said there had been a drop in standards in the last six months, 38.2 per cent said they had remained the same and just 3.2 per cent said they had improved. The fear of victimisation for reporting an incident was reported by 38.5 per cent and 82.5 per cent said there had been a reduction of skilled personnel, which had created issues around productivity and the ability to perform various tasks. Unite is now calling for a confidential whistleblowing helpline where offshore workers can raise their concerns – an idea that 86.9 per cent of workers support
Regional officer William Wallace said:
“Every one of us in this country relies on the oil and gas produced by our offshore members. They do a difficult and dangerous job and their health and safety should be a paramount concern for all of us. But this survey shows a very worrying picture.” He added: “Unite knows that North Sea operators are facing challenges due to falling oil prices. But companies have to realise that they can’t prop up their profits – or create a sustainable industry – by simply reducing the numbers of skilled workers on the job. And companies should never, ever make cuts that threaten health and safety and put the lives of our members at risk. The lessons of Piper Alpha should never be forgotten.We will be calling on the industry to work with health and safety bodies, with the trade unions, and with government so that we can get a confidential helpline created. No worker should feel victimised for raising these issues. The consequences could be catastrophic.”
We will be calling on the industry to work with health and safety bodies, with the trade unions, and with government so that we can get a confidential helpline created. No worker should feel victimised for raising these issues. The consequences could be catastrophic.”
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