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Old 01 April 2009, 15:29   #11
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Nah, I'm oldish!

We've a new guy who's been here about 6 months though - he features in the next episode of the delightful new series on Virgin 1

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Old 01 April 2009, 18:04   #12
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Sorry to take this very sad thread off topic for a second.

Do either of you two lads remember a police dog handler that used to go to the RIG's in the irish sea to check for drugs? Brian was his name,
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Bit of a contradiction there John, do you remember and drugs.

I belive when the platform was in the construction stages it was owned by British Gas then a government owned company. The government then sent the unemployed out to build the platform a few of which sat about and got wasted for two weeks.

I've never heard of sniffer dogs offshore but you sometimes see them in the heliports.
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Bit of a contradiction there John, do you remember and drugs.

I belive when the platform was in the construction stages it was owned by British Gas then a government owned company. The government then sent the unemployed out to build the platform a few of which sat about and got wasted for two weeks.

I've never heard of sniffer dogs offshore but you sometimes see them in the heliports.


No he did use to take the dogs in the helicopter, I've seen photos', poor bloody dogs look depressed enough to jump out! He was one of the UK's top dog trainers and just before cancer got hold of him, he was offered a Job to go and train the Indian police how to train there dogs. He was a grand lad.

Anyway, sorry for going off.
I see they are now treating it as a recovery operation. * bodies found but there was 16 on board? Things will have to change
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No he did use to take the dogs in the helicopter, I've seen photos', poor bloody dogs look depressed enough to jump out! He was one of the UK's top dog trainers and just before cancer got hold of him, he was offered a Job to go and train the Indian police how to train there dogs. He was a grand lad.

Anyway, sorry for going off.
I see they are now treating it as a recovery operation. * bodies found but there was 16 on board? Things will have to change
Everybody looks sick and depressed going offshore!

Things will have to change but I doubt they will.
I was at the safety meeting for the Centrica chopper that went down. The Centrica safety lad said the PLB's went off fine and alerted the rig and CG. One worker raised his hand and said where did you get your information. Safety lad produces graphs and what not showing time of impact and when the PLB's were activated.
The worker said they were wrong, when asked how he knew he told him "I set the alarm off"
He witnessed it and set it off from the control room yet the HSE still argue he didn't.
Another PLB went off the next day but was ignored as a false alarm... one person is still missing from that crash.
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Everybody looks sick and depressed going offshore!

Things will have to change but I doubt they will.
I was at the safety meeting for the Centrica chopper that went down. The Centrica safety lad said the PLB's went off fine and alerted the rig and CG. One worker raised his hand and said where did you get your information. Safety lad produces graphs and what not showing time of impact and when the PLB's were activated.
The worker said they were wrong, when asked how he knew he told him "I set the alarm off"
He witnessed it and set it off from the control room yet the HSE still argue he didn't.
Another PLB went off the next day but was ignored as a false alarm... one person is still missing from that crash.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7979475.stm

Fifteen named so far - one of the worst helicopter tradgedies of recent times.

My heart goes out to all concerned!!!
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It'll bight them in the arse shortly as there is no real benefit to working offshore now. The pay is the same onshore and you don't have to share a room with a stranger who snores.
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The pay is the same onshore and you don't have to share a room with a stranger who snores.
or farts .....even worse when you have to share a hotel room with a stranger and he comes in drunk at 3 am and you have an early checkin.

sad news indeed ....agree with chewy ...it'll bite them soon ...we have just laid off another 40 .....thats 300 men made redundant this year so far ...and not a word of it anywhere.

I can imagine a sombre feeling at the heliports

came home last week ......hit an airpocket and dropped about 300 ft .....that woke everyone on the flight ....white faces all round....been a long time since we hit one of those.

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Woodgroup tried that with me about sharing rooms the night before checkin. Its my time until I checkin and no way was I sharing with a drunken git who might piss in my kit bag. I used to ring up before I got the train to make sure I was in a single room.
What platform are you on Ian?

The oil companies and agencies need to realise the risks and pay the workers accordinly.

Its all statistics I'm afraid. A gas leak on the Central platform made it statistically unsafe and made shuttling safer even though you were doing a minimum of 28 flights per trip. One chopper goes down and kills everyone and that makes the Central platform safer and shuttling more dangerous.

I honestly believe it won't be long until another major incident occurs on a North Sea rig or platform.
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