North Sea accidents

North Sea accidents

Oil worker, 37, dies in rig fall

An OIL worker yesterday fell to his death from the Brent Charlie oil rig, 116 miles north-east of Lerwick, Shetland.

North Sea industry told 'raise game on safety' after jump in gas releases

BRITAIN'S oil and gas industry was today ordered to "up its game" on safety following revelations that the number of potentially catastrophic gas releases on offshore installations has risen by more than a third in the past year.

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Worker 'fell to his death after grating gave way'

A SCAFFOLDER plunged 130ft to his death after stepping on corroded grating on an oilrig, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Prayers for 16 killed in Super Puma tragedy

RELATIVES, friends and colleagues of the 16 men killed in the Super Puma helicopter disaster a year ago gathered yesterday for a prayer service to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Safety boost as North Sea helicopter flights get new beacons

PERSONAL locator beacons (PLBs) are to be reintroduced on North Sea helicopter flights next week in a major boost for offshore safety.

Helicopter crash families aid 11 charities

MORE than £300,000 raised in memory of the 16 men killed in a Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea last year is to be distributed to 11 charities chosen by the bereaved families.

Memorial planned for victims of North Sea helicopter tragedy

A LASTING memorial will be built to remember 16 people who died when an Aberdeen-bound helicopter crashed in the North Sea, it was announced today.

Crash copter's flight number withdrawn

ABERDEEN-based Bond Helicopters has retired the flight number of the Super Puma aircraft that crashed into the North Sea on 1 April this year, killing the two pilots and 14 oilworkers on board.

Puma crash probe orders gear review

AN URGENT review of engine gears in Super Puma helicopters was ordered yesterday by officials investigating the North Sea crash which killed 16 men.

Gearbox inquiry after fatal North Sea helicopter crash

CRASH investigators today ordered an urgent review of helicopter gears following the North Sea crash which claimed 16 lives.

Company to be sentenced over North Sea shipping accident

A company will be sentenced today for health and safety offences relating to the deaths of three sailors.

New North Sea alert as Super Puma is forced to turn back

A SUPER Puma helicopter was yesterday at the centre of an emergency alert – a month after the North Sea's entire fleet of the aircraft were given the all-clear to resume flying following a major safety review.

Super Puma helicopter forced to return to land following malfunction

A helicopter flying workers to a North Sea oil platform was forced to turn back today after its emergency flotation device inflated in mid-air.

BP resumes crew change flights with Bond Helicopters

OIL giant BP will resume offshore crew change flights with aircraft operated by Bond Helicopters next week for the first time since the fatal Super Puma crash in which 16 men died, it was revealed yesterday.

Body of missing oil rig worker found

THE body of an oil worker who disappeared from a North Sea rig has been found, it was confirmed today.

Super Pumas return to North Sea operations

OIL firm BP resumed its use of Super Puma helicopters today following the North Sea crash in which 16 people died.

Services held for helicopter crash dead

FUNERALS for the North Sea helicopter crash victims continued yesterday.

Funeral held of youngest North Sea crash victim

THE youngest passenger to die in the North Sea helicopter tragedy earlier this month was described as a man of "so many talents" at his funeral yesterday.

Funeral held for 24-year-old victim of North Sea helicopter crash

THE youngest passenger to die in the North Sea helicopter tragedy was described as a man of "so many talents" at his funeral today.

Super Puma grounded hours after all-clear

A SUPER Puma helicopter was grounded at an offshore platform yesterday, hours after the fleet returned to service.

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