Aviation chief appointed as co-chairman of N. Sea helicopter safety group

Helicopter Helideck_1By DARA BUTTERFIELD

North Sea oil industry safety group, Step Change in Safety, has announced that the new co-chair for its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) will be Mark Abbey, West North Sea regional director, CHC Helicopters.

Aberdeen-based Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which seeks to make the UK the safest oil and gas province in the world to work in. The partnership has more than 130 members, and represents operators, contractors, trade unions, regulators and the onshore and offshore workforce.

Les Linklater, Executive Director, said, “We are fortunate to have Mark as a co-chair of HSSG. His extensive experience coupled with his determination and passion to improve the passenger experience – from the terminal to the tea shack – will be valuable to the HSSG and to the offshore workforce.

“Tim Glasspool has made an outstanding contribution to the group. Both he and Mark show unwavering commitment to keeping the workforce safe, and I look forward to Mark’s increased involvement with the HSSG.”

Mark Abbey commented: “Every day, CHC and our industry carry thousands of offshore workers safely to and from their remote workplaces. The most important consideration for every company serving the North Sea offshore industry is safety, all of the time and in every activity.

“We will expand on the HSSG’s great work focusing on safety and further improving the experience of passengers.”


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