MSP calls for debate on offshore helicopter safety

Lewis Macdonald MSP

Standing up for Aberdeen and the North East

MSP calls for debate on helicopter safety


North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has tabled a parliamentary motion calling for a debate on helicopter safety in the North Sea.

After tabling a Members’ Business motion at Holyrood, Lewis Macdonald said:


“Safety must always be a priority for the North Sea oil and gas industry – regardless of any other issues it is currently facing.

“A recent survey by Airbus, the makers of Superpuma helicopters, found that over 60% of offshore workers would be reluctant to fly on a Superpuma helicopter, while over 40% were unaware of the new safety measures introduced by the manufacturers.

“Meanwhile, thousands of offshore workers have signed a Unite the Union petition calling on the UK oil and gas industry not to re-introduce Superpuma helicopters in the North Sea.

“When so many workers are coming together to highlight safety concerns, it is vital that we as MSPs listen to what they have to say.

“That is why I will be seeking a Members’ Business debate on the issue in the Scottish Parliament before there is any move to bring Superpuma helicopters back into service in the North Sea.”


For more information contact Lewis Macdonald on 01224 646333 or 07770646792

Notes to editors:

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Members’ Business motion tabled by Lewis Macdonald MSP below:

Motion Number: S5M-07724
Lodged By: Lewis Macdonald
Date Lodged: 15/09/2017

To be considered for Members’ Business
Title: ♦ Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

Motion Text:

That the  Scottish Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.



Here’s how you can help – write to your MSPs!
1. Click here to go to the Write to Them website!
2. Once you’re on the Write to Them website, enter your postcode and click ‘Go’.
3. On the next page – click ‘Write to all your Regional MSPs’ on the right-hand side of the page.
4. Ask your MSPs to support the motion
5. sign the petition send them the link :
6. Also you can write to your MP;

If you work offshore, tell them about why you and your colleague’s friends and family have no -confidence in the Airbus 225s choppers and any problems or difficulties that you’re experiencing in the industry. Tell them that the industry needs their support to stop the return of the super pumas. Use your own words – but keep it short.
7. Fill in your contact details and then click ‘Preview and Send’ at the bottom.

Thank you!





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