NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Helicopter safety petition goes to Oil and Gas UK

Helicopter wreckage being salvaged
Image caption Three men and a woman died when the Super Puma crashed

More than 3,000 offshore workers have signed a petition calling for safer helicopter transfers to and from North Sea installations.

The Unite union said it had now been submitted to industry body Oil and Gas UK, as part of the Back Home Safe campaign.

It calls for improvements to offshore helicopter design, and survival contingencies and training.

Four people died when a Super Puma crashed off Shetland in August.

Unite regional industrial officer Tommy Campbell said: "The views of over 3,000 offshore workers cannot be ignored and their collective voice is loud and clear: they want safer helicopter transfers to and from installations.

"Confidence has clearly been shattered and the industry now needs to demonstrate that it is prepared to evolve and improve the safety of its offshore helicopter fleet and its survival training so that we can minimise the chances of future fatalities."

The investigation into the August crash is ongoing.

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