A delegation representing the Helicopter Safety Steering Group is to visit Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility at Marignane, France, following an invitation from the company.
On Wednesday 6 February, the group will see first-hand the efforts Eurocopter are going to in order to determine the root cause of the failure which led to two helicopters ditching in 2012.
The delegation will consist of 19 people, including offshore safety representatives, helicopter operators, trade unions and other oil and gas company representatives.
Step Change in Safety team leader, Les Linklater, said: “This is an educational visit, the purpose of which is for the Helicopter Safety Steering Group – including the offshore workforce – to better understand the work going on behind the scenes.
“This should be seen as a positive step towards rebuilding workforce confidence.
“Step Change in Safety will be holding a network event for the workforce on 14 February at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, focusing on helicopter safety. There, we hope to be able to update with the latest information regarding the EC225 situation, including details of this visit to Marignane.”
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