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The Scotsman: Shell accused of a ‘dodgy’ approach to oilrig safety

Thu 8 Nov 2007

ONE of Britain’s biggest oil companies was last night accused of acting like a “dodgy second-hand car dealer”, after a watchdog upheld a series of complaints about staffing levels on North Sea oilrigs.

Three months ago, two offshore unions, OILC and Unite, called for an urgent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive’ (HSE) into claims that the safety of the workforce was being jeopardised by falling manning levels at a number of Shell installations which have been put on the market.

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

Jake Molloy, the general secretary of the OILC, declared: “Shell are trying to sell these installations, but appear to be acting like some dodgy second-hand car dealers trying to paint over the cracks and faults which clearly exist.”

A Shell spokesman said: “This investigation is ongoing and we are co-operating fully with the HSE in addressing any concerns they may have. “ and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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