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stv.tv: Catalogue of concerns reported to safety executive about Shell

Story last updated: Thursday, 8 November, 2007, 18:58

Health and safety officials have upheld the majority of complaints by offshore unions about safety on Shell platforms.

The Health and Safety Executive found staff shortages, excessive hours being worked and low morale on five North Sea installations.

Offshore unions asked the HSE to investigate a catalogue of safety concerns on North Sea installations after complaints by their members. 

Now the Health and Safety Executive have upheld the majority of the issues highlighted by the Unite and OILC unions.

They found staff shortages, excessive working hours and low morale were affecting the  
workforce on the platforms which are up for sale.

The HSE found no evidence to back up claims that emergency response team numbers were deficient. 

Excessive hours were being worked with 14 or 15 hour shifts commonplace.

There was no evidence found to back up allegations that the emergency response teams numbers were deficient.

One Union leader has called for Shell to pull out of the North Sea.

The HSE will not discuss the details of the complaints but say they have passed on their conclusions to both Shell and their workforce.  

In a statement Shell said safety remains their highest priority and they continually monitor manning levels offshore.  

The company insist that if levels were to fall below standards they would not hesitate to shut down operations.

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