Offshore safety standards in decline, says Unite survey (Health and safety at work)

Offshore workers are growing concerned that safety standards on North Sea oil and gas installations are slipping, according to a survey of its members by the Unite union.

The survey, which had 779 respondents, found that 58.5% said safety standards had dropped, with 38.2% saying they had stayed the same and just 3.2% saying they had improved.

In addition, 38.5% of respondents said they had been placed in a position where they have been unable to report an incident for fear of victimisation.

Unite links the survey’s results to changing employment patterns in the oil and gas sector, with an increase in “casualisation” and short term contracts for staff at all levels.

In the survey, 82.8% said there had been a reduction of skilled personnel, which has created issues around productivity and the ..

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