Size restrictions for offshore helicopter passengers now in force

Step Change in Safety has announced that 41,464 offshore workers have been measured ahead of the helicopter passenger size restrictions which are introduced today, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the UK.

The restrictions were introduced in February 2014 in a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) report which stated that helicopter passengers must sit adjacent to a window compatible with their body size.

Step Change in Safety announced that helicopter passengers would be measured by their shoulder width by specially trained measurers in October 2014. Those whose shoulders measure greater than 22” (55.9cm) would be classed as Extra Broad and be required to sit adjacent to a window that’s diagonal size is compatible with this measurement.

Les Linklater, executive director for Step Change in Safety, said: “When the passenger size restrictions were announced in February 2014, we knew the industry had a fresh challenge on its hands. 

“But the industry’s response to the measurement strategy has been extremely positive and collaboration from all those involved has meant we have met the deadline on time, with no disruption to helicopter flights.  Only 2.9% of those measured are Extra Broad, which means we can ensure helicopter passengers will be allocated the correct seats. 

“Those in the Passenger Size workgroup have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the safety of offshore helicopter passengers and the continuous improvement of safety in the North Sea, while being mindful of the cost pressures faced across the industry.” 

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