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Old 13th Dec 2014, 22:13
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John, just what did you prefer.......an "Event".

Too much time on your hands.
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Old 13th Dec 2014, 22:31
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Never too much time: retirement means there are never enough hours in the day!

The report stated that "Although the threat of a collision was small", hence my query whether it was an over reaction. We live in risk averse times and sometimes the decisions made are not always as balanced as they could be.

Now to get back to finishing the mowing: only 2 acres left to go
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Old 18th Dec 2014, 13:03
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Back to the bad old days ?

Return to the Nineties ?

BBC News - North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse'
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Old 18th Dec 2014, 15:25
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A slightly dramatic headline, I would suggest, although given that the 'senior industry leader' quoted is a director of a company whose share price has dropped from 350p to 160p in 3 months, I guess it's fair to say he will have an uncomfortable perspective!
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Old 19th Dec 2014, 10:26
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BBC Headline: North Sea oil collapse fears 'too dramatic'

Here is a slightly different perspective:

BBC News - North Sea oil collapse fears 'too dramatic'

Don't forget the BBC is stuffed full of climate change obsessed lefties who blame 'big oil' for everything. The BBC would love to see an end to fossil fuel usage and that we get our electricity, on a rationed basis, from useless expensive and intermittent windmills.

Don't believe me, read any of the sh*te from the BBC Science/Environment section that happens not to employ any journalist with a science qualification.
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Old 20th Dec 2014, 02:20
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OH & S going too far?

Oil and gas firms may have to charter boats or bigger helicopters after EU ruling

Oil and gas firms may have to charter boats or hire bigger helicopters to accommodate overweight workers after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided obese people can be classed as disabled.

Businesses are being warned to expect widespread and expensive consequences after law chiefs in Luxembourg ruled that being overweight qualifies as a disability.

The judgment follows the sacking of Karsten Kaltoft, a 25-stone childminder from Denmark.

The council he worked for said it was making redundancies based on a decrease in the number of youngsters who required childminding, and did not disclose whether Mr Kaltoft’s size played any part in its decision to let him go.

Mr Kaltoft reportedly needed help tying his shoelaces and struggled with physical tasks.

The ECJ’s ruling is binding in all EU member states and could offer crucial protection to offshore workers who fall foul of new helicopter safety legislation limiting the size of people travelling to North Sea platforms.

Industry body Oil and Gas UK has been closely watching the case in case there are implications for offshore firms.

They will now have to find ways of accommodating overweight workers so they are not at a disadvantage compared with slimmer colleagues.

Neil Fraser, employment law partner at north-east law firm Aberdein Considine, said: “With obesity on the increase, the cost to the state and private enterprise of fat rights could be frightening.

“The consequences of formal legal rights and protections for the obese could be widespread and expensive.”

The Civil Aviation Authority has already ruled that oil workers who cannot fit through a helicopter’s emergency window while in a survival suit will not fly after April 2015.

But the regulator has insisted options will be explored to avoid any negative impact.

Kirk Tudhope, employment law partner at Aberdeen law firm Ledingham Chalmers, said: “Although this is clearly an issue for industries where a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, it is difficult to identify any employers who may not be adversely affected by obesity in the workforce.”

Pamela Struth, human resources (HR) expert at Aberdeen HR, health and safety and employment-law firm Empire, said: “The offshore industry has already received new rules this year in relation to safety requirements for helicopter passengers.

“This ruling by the ECJ may provide another hurdle for such employers.”

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Old 20th Dec 2014, 02:27
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The US Army is selling some Surplus CH-47's.....they should be big enough!
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Old 20th Dec 2014, 09:28
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EC175 - lots of them, windows you could get a S92 through.
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Old 21st Dec 2014, 16:59
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Don't discriminate against them for their size, that opens you up to litigation as you may be denying them basic 'human rights' - just make the fatties pass a fitness for work test every year
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Old 21st Dec 2014, 17:35
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... - just make the fatties pass a fitness for work test every year
Great idea. Something realistic and practical. Perhaps running twice the length of a supermarket aisle with a 12 litre pack of Irn Bru.
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