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Offshore helicopter safety examined

27 January 2014

The Transport Committee visits Aberdeen as part of its inquiry on offshore helicopter safety.


Monday 27 January 2014, Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen

At 3.00pm

  • Luke Farajallah, Managing Director, Bond Offshore Helicopters
  • Duncan Trapp, Vice President, Safety and Quality, CHC Helicopter 
  • Mike Imlach, Director, Bristow Helicopters
  • Steve Todd, National Secretary, RMT
  • Captain Colin Milne, Chairman of BALPA’s Helicopter Affairs Committee
  • John Taylor, Regional Industrial Organiser, Unite the Union

At 4.00pm

  • Gilles Bruniaux, Vice President, Fleet Safety, Airbus Helicopters
  • Robert Paterson, Health, Safety and Employment Issues Director, Oil & Gas UK
  • David Eherts, Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety and Chief Safety Officer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Alex Sharp, Sales Director, Europe, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Chair's comments

Commenting ahead of the visit, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee, said:

"Helicopter accidents in the offshore sector is a major cause for concern. After the events of last summer involving helicopter fatalities off the Shetland Isles, the Committee decided to look closely at what might be done to curb the risks that offshore workers face from helicopter transport. We are coming to Aberdeen to hear from workers themselves, oil and gas firms, helicopter manufacturers, operators and pilots."

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