Union re­peats in­quiry call into North Sea he­li­copter safety

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OFF­SHORE union RMT is re­peat­ing its call for a full pub­lic in­quiry into North Sea he­li­copter safety through an emer­gency mo­tion at the STUC con­fer­ence.

The union said such an in­quiry is es­sen­tial due to the “on­go­ing de­cline in off­shore work­ers’ con­fi­dence” in the safety of off­shore he­li­copter op­er­a­tions.

Over the past decade 33 peo­ple have died in in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Su­per Puma he­li­copters in UK and Nor­we­gian sec­tors of the North Sea.

Four­teen oil work­ers and two crew died when a Bond Su­per Puma plunged into the wa­ter off the Aberdeen­shire coast on April 1 2009.

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