Unite calls for 5 mile exclusion around gas-leak rig in North Sea

27 Mar

Unite has called for a full evacuation and power down of all oil rigs within a 5 mile radius of the Elgin platform gas leak in the North Sea.

Unite, which represents over 15,000 offshore workers, welcomed the establishment of an exclusion zone around the Total Elgin Franklin platform but called for all installations within a 5 mile radius of the drifting gas to be fully evacuated and powered down for a greater focus on health and safety.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Willie Wallace said, “This incident cannot be underestimated in its seriousness and there is still a clear and present danger we believe to many of our members while the leak remains unresolved.

However, we are concerned that only partial evacuation has taken place on the other installations in the area so far.  80 workers remained on the nearby Shearwater this morning – if the drifting gas was to hit any of the neighbouring installations the results could be catastrophic. 

We would call on the oil and gas industry and the Health and Safety Executive not to take any chances here.  Health and safety should never be diluted due to commercial pressures and any risk at all is too high a risk for offshore workers and their families.”     

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer in Aberdeen, Willie Wallace on 07712 444952 & 01224 645271 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns & Communications Unit on 07810157931.

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