One worker has been sacked and four others have been disciplined by Petrofac – the oilfield services company – after drunken bouts of anti-social behaviour by its staff in Lerwick.
Petrofac employs hundreds of workers in Shetland in building the new £800 million Total gas plant.
According to local reports, hundreds of off-duty workers wandered drunkenly into Lerwick, causing ‘mass disruption’ recently. It was alleged that one off-duty worker threw a local woman over his shoulders as she walked home from work, leaving her close to tears.
There were other reports of a man flashing at passengers on a passing bus and several of men indiscriminately urinating, vomiting and drinking alcohol in the street.
A Petrofac spokesman confirmed that one worker had been sacked with another four reportedly being ‘investigated’ in relation to their behaviour in Lerwick earlier last week.
But the company declined to provide any further information regarding the workers or how many have been sacked from the company over similar recent incidents.
He added: “Petrofac has security staff in place to train workers on how to behave when off-duty.
“We have also reassured islanders that measures have been put in place to reduce anti-social behaviour from its employees.
Lerwick police station was inundated with calls from local pubs, shops and eating establishments complaining about the men’s behaviour, but no arrests were made.
George Maconnachie, the site manager with Petrofac, apologised for the men’s behaviour. He told BBC Radio Shetland: “I can only apologise on behalf of Petrofac. It’s not something we condone at all.”
Maconnachie said he was particularly disappointed considering the men had been granted a day off in respect for a fellow worker who had died suddenly at the company’s accommodation block the previous day.