Offshore Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

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Motion S5M-07724: Lewis Macdonald, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/09/2017
That the 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.


Supported by: Iain Gray, Mark Griffin, Tavish Scott, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd, Fulton MacGregor, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Daniel Johnson, Mairi Gougeon

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

Next Steps

Contact your MSP ask them to support the motion and sign the Unite petition on the Non-re-introduction of the Airbus Super Puma 225s in the UKCS


The Link to the Survey Monkey Petition:


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