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energycurrent.com: Shell staffing levels unsafe, say HSE

11/8/2007 1:12:46 PM GMT
Filed from Aberdeen
 
UK:  Shell’s staffing levels are too low to ensure safety on oil rigs, a probe into the Dutch major’s UK North Sea operations has found.

Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has upheld some of the complaints made by members of the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) and Unite Amicus unions. Union members also raised the issue of workloads and management attitudes.

HSE went offshore to witness the company’s operations for itself and determined that some of the “complex complaints” were justified as procedures were not working as well as they should have been. HSE said Shell had taken action to address the matters in some instances.

On the back of the result, Graham Tran, of the Unite Amicus union, said that if Shell wanted to leave UK waters “then good riddance,” while Jake Molloy, the general secretary of the OILC, said, Shell appears “to be acting like some dodgy second-hand car dealers” in their bids to sell their North Sea facilities.

The HSE now has upheld all but one of the unions’ complaints and has ruled staff shortages mean that the company could not operate the vital permit to work system efficiently.  

Shell says they are co-operating fully with the HSE in addressing any concerns the agency may have.

http://www.energycurrent.com/index.php?id=2&storyid=6677

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