Survey: Offshore Workers Believe Safety Standards Have Fallen
A poll of offshore oil and gas workers found more than half (58%) believe health and safety standards have dropped in the last 6 months.
The survey of around 780 workers, carried out by the union Unite, found just 4% of respondents believed health and safety improvements had been made while 38% said they had seen no change.
Unite said a little more than a third of respondents felt they were unable to report concerns due to fears of victimization.
The union is calling for an industry whistle-blower helpline so workers can raise concerns.
Unite regional officer William Wallace said, “Companies should never make cuts that threaten health and safety and put the lives of our members at risk. The lessons of Piper Alpha should never be forgotten.
“We will be calling on the industry to work with health and safety bodies, with the trade unions, and with government so that we can get a confidential helpline created.
“No worker should feel victimized for raising these issues. The consequences could be catastrophic.”