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Survey reveals offshore worker concern over helicopter safety

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A snapshot survey of 1000 offshore workers taken after the recent crash of an AS332-L2 Super Puma in the North Sea has revealed that 89% believe that the Super Puma should be taken out of service, and other helicopters considered, such as the S-92. 

The S-92 helicopter was introduced widely in Norway after oil unions put pressure on companies to improve helicopter safety.

Furthermore, the survey, which was undertaken by, shows that a lack of confidence in the way the industry deals with helicopter safety issues is widespread. 80% feel that companies are putting profits first, and  safety is being compromised.

According to the survey, 56% of respondents feel that their opinion regarding helicopter safety matters is not taken seriously by their current employer. While 59% feel that the offshore oil and gas industry does not do enough to raise helicopter safety.

Since the crash, 53% do not feel safe flying offshore, with 33% saying they will no longer travel on Super Pumas. 57% believe that other methods of crew transfer should be considered, including boats and frogs.

Kevin Forbes, Managing Director of, “We recognise this is a sensitive time, with families of the victims of this tragedy not even started coming to terms with their loss, but we feel there are urgent issues that the industry needs to address and we wanted to give everyone traveling offshore the chance to voice their opinions”

“The survey shows that there is real concern about the safety of transporting crews offshore. Many feel that the Norwegian offshore oil and gas crews are transported in more advanced helicopters. The survey shows that there are increasingly fears of the safety record of the Super Puma, with many offshore workers worried about travelling in the helicopter.

“While it is crucial to for the Air Accidents Investigation to find out the cause of the crash, it is also important to restore confidence in the offshore oil and gas industry workforce as soon as possible so they can feel safe once more in being transported to rigs.” he said.




Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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