28 March 2019

MSP to raise concerns about helicopter safety at Holyrood

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald is raising the issue of helicopter safety in the North Sea during General Questions at the Scottish Parliament today.

Lewis said :

“We are about to mark the tenth anniversary of the Super Puma helicopter disaster near Peterhead, which killed all sixteen people on board, on 1 April 2009.

“It took five long years for a Fatal Accident Inquiry to be held into that disaster.

“Since then, the Scottish and the UK Governments have had opportunities to show the North Sea workforce that they take the issue of helicopter safety seriously, but both Governments have failed to back calls from trade unions and offshore workers for a public inquiry.

“The tenth anniversary is a time for remembering the victims and their families.

“But it is also a time to ensure that the risk of future such events is reduced to a minimum.

“The best way to achieve that is with a wider public inquiry into all aspects of offshore helicopter safety.

“That is why I will be raising the issue in the Scottish Parliament, and calling on Ministers to reverse their previous decision to resist workforce demands for a public inquiry.”