New emergency breathing system installed in every North Sea helicopter
The system has been introduced after a fatal crash near Shetland last year.
An emergency breathing system designed to save lives has been installed in every helicopter used in the North Sea.
The combination life-jacket and aqualung has replaced the re-breather currently used aboard North Sea helicopters.
More than 51,700 offshore workers have been trained in the new system, which is intended to be simpler to use in the event of a ditching.
Les Linklater, team leader for Step Change in Safety, said: "The introduction of the new breathing system is another step forward for offshore safety and comes after considerable amount of hard work and dedication from a number of people in the industry. It is a clear example of what can be done when our industry works together to improve safety.
"While the feedback from training has been remarkably positive, we will review every piece of feedback and make any changes that are necessary for safety.
"The new breathing system is a small part of the aviation safety picture. The safety of the workforce is our main priority and we must strive to continue this level of collaboration and dedication with everything we do."
Rob Bishton, head of flight operations at the CAA, said: "The safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is our absolute priority. The introduction of the new breathing system is a significant milestone in the on-going work to further improve the safety of offshore flying."
The system was developed in response to a government inquiry into helicopter safety following a fatal crash near Shetland last year.
Four oil workers died when their Super Puma helicopter plunged into the North Sea on August 23. Eighteen people were aboard at the time.
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