Helicopter crash training can mean life or death

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braceHOUSTON, TX – Working on an oil rig is a tough gig. The pay’s pretty great and amenities are usually top notch, but the death rate for gas and oil workers is seven times higher than the average worker in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s not chemicals, fires or falling equipment doing them in. It’s death by helicopter!

Since 2000, 159 offshore workers have died in chopper crashes. Most of those have been due to drowning. But one company, Falck Safety Services, is working to change all that.

Writer Peter Holley went through the underwater training  he calls “quite terrifying” and shares his experience play-by-play in this month’s issue of Houstonia.

2 comments

  • deleted1911031

    Want to re-examine your facts, The way you worded the story is like Falck is the only one doing this special training which is simply not true. Yes that many people could have died around the world iin Helicopter crashes but that number is high for US waters. So many stories leave out factual details leaving the story without true merit that it could have deserved if written with all the facts. Waters in the north sea are so cold that without specialized clothing the rest does not matter.

  • deleted1911031

    OK, your choice no more comments from me. Why would you ask for comments and then delete them, without posting them.

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