Oil & Gas UK forms Helicopter Accident Issues Task Group

Oil & Gas UK has established a task group to address cross-industry issues arising from last week's tragic helicopter crash off the northeast coast of Scotland.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Oil & Gas UK has established a task group to address cross-industry issues arising from last week's tragic helicopter crash off the northeast coast of Scotland.

The Helicopter Accident Issues Task Group is formed by senior industry managers, primarily representatives of the companies directly involved in the fatal accident as well as some members of Oil & Gas UK's Board or Council.

According to Oil & Gas UK, the group's purpose is to act on behalf of the industry as a communications focal point for sharing information, advice and learning across the industry and with other stakeholders on matters arising from this and other helicopter accidents, including assisting with the implementation of any recommendations from the Air Accident Investigation Branch inquiries.

The group will also define possible policies and practices to be recommended to the board of Oil & Gas UK for approval and consequent implementation on a pan-industry basis. In doing this, it will liaise and consult where appropriate with relevant bodies, such as the police, trade unions, and relative support groups.

The group will be chaired by Bob Keiller, CEO of PSN and co-chair of Oil & Gas UK. It will meet regularly, until its work is completed, at which time it will be disbanded.

Oil & Gas UK will utilize existing work groups and advisory teams, such as the Aviation Safety and Technical Group.

04/07/2009

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