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RMT on industry report showing deterioration of safety on UK oil and gas installations

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OFFSHORE Energy Union RMT have reacted with concern to an industry report on the safety record on UK oil and gas installations in 2018.

Trade association body Oil and Gas UK’s annual health and safety report shows increases in injuries and reportable safety incidents, including hydrocarbon releases, as well as a rising backlog of safety critical maintenance work on installations.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“This is an extremely worrying set of findings. The Health and Safety Executive’s warning to employers that they need to make progress in preventing hydrocarbon releases has clearly not been heeded and it is totally unacceptable to see the backlog of safety critical maintenance work creeping up again.

“Tax cuts and RMT members’ hard work are fuelling massive pay increases for oil executives, yet employers cannot even keep workers updated on efforts to improve the safety of helicopter transport.

“Whilst this report doesn’t cover the recent spate of safety incidents such as the evacuation of all workers on EnQuest’s Thistle platform earlier this month, it underlines the need for rapid improvement. The role of safety reps and wider workforce engagement policies on oil and gas installations in the North Sea must be part of that improvement.

“RMT will continue the fight to deliver the offshore safety culture of continuous improvement that every offshore worker and their family deserves."

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