S5M-07724 Lewis Macdonald: Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the
North Sea—That the Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on
the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns
over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the
manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and
aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of
respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that
44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in
April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular
replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition
opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore
workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain
concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma
helicopters to not resume.
Published by the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.
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