29 March 2016
RMT Press Office
OFFSHORE UNION RMT responds to HSE Improvement Notice (IN)served on Marathon Oil after the pipe failure on their Brae Alpha installation on Boxing Day last year.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:
“The offshore industry has repeatedly claimed there would be no compromise to safety as a consequence of cuts to manning and changes to shift patterns. This Improvement Notice, and the fact the company has experienced previous incidents, would suggest those claims are flawed. Marathon was one of the first operators to slash workforce numbers and alter shift patterns, yet it appears they couldn’t meet maintenance standards even before those changes were introduced. How will they and others be able to maintain safe operations with 20% less people?”