Medics to measure offshore passengers’ size

Step Change in Safety, an industry safety group, has announced the measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations, on the UK Continental Shelf.

The strategy follows Step Change’s announcement in October 2014 that passengers will be measured by the width of their shoulders, and those whose shoulders measure greater than 22″ (55.9cm) will be classified as Extra Broad (XBR). Extra Broad passengers will be required to sit in a helicopter seat that’s closest window is compatible with their shoulder size.

According to Step Change, helicopter passengers will be measured by specially-trained medics either on offshore installations or at onshore medical centres. Measurement places will be available from the beginning of February and can be booked through medical providers.

Les Linklater, executive director for Step Change in Safety, said: “This strategy is the simplest and most effective way to make sure helicopter passengers are measured correctly, and that passengers are transported safely to and from offshore installations.

“The Passenger Size workgroup has worked hand-in-hand with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and has been informed by Dr Arthur Stewart, an expert on anthropometry at Robert Gordon University. Dr Stewart is an internationally-acclaimed expert in this field and we are grateful for his guidance and support throughout the process.

“This measurement strategy marks the evolution of helicopter safety and is another major step towards ensuring the UK is the safest oil province in the world to work in.”

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