RMT response to FAI into Scottish helicopter tragedy
Offshore union RMT response to Crown Office in Scotland announcement that there will be an FAI into the helicopter crash in August 2013.
Mick Cash, General Secretary of offshore workers union RMT, said;
“The time that has elapsed since this event illustrates that the process for considering prosecution and conducting inquiries is broken.
” We need an overhaul of the Judicial processes in order to avoid this kind of delay. This Inquiry will quite obviously be difficult for the families of those lost, including the loved ones of our member Sarah Darnley who was killed in this tragedy.
“It will be traumatic for those who survived as they will have to go through all of those harrowing events again. It will also resurrect the whole issue of helicopter safety generally for the entire offshore workforce.
“We would therefore suggest the Public Inquiry we have long lobbied for around the potential impact of commercial pressures on helicopter operations, which the Transport Select Committee recommended should be held in 2014, should be staged now.”