Offshore helicopter safety inquiry resumes today

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The Wells inquiry into offshore helicopter safety resumed today in St. John's with testimony from Kimberley Turner, CEO of Aerosafe Risk Management.
The Australian-based aviation risk management company was hired to produce three reports for the inquiry, including a survey of offshore workers on how confident they feel about travelling to and from offshore platforms and rigs via helicopter.
A combined 37 per cent said they were "confident" or "very confident" about the safety of offshore helicopter transportation. Twenty-seven per cent said they were not confident.
When asked if they'd prefer to travel to the rig or platform via other means of transportation, by boat, for example, 37 per cent said yes. Thirty-eight per cent said no.
About 990 offshore workers took part in the survey.
Led by commissioner Robert Wells, the inquiry's mandate is to find ways to improve offshore helicopter safety following the March 12, 2009, helicopter crash that killed 17 offshore workers and flight crew.

Organizations: Aerosafe Risk Management

Geographic location: St. John's

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