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Piper Alpha 30th Anniversary

Post by PaddyT » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:59 am

30 years ago today 167 men lost their lives during the biggest offshore disaster ever seen anywhere in the world.

I can clearly remember discovering the story on a cross channel ferry on the way home from a school trip to France. Being from Aberdeen many of us on the trip had relatives working offshore at the time, including one person on the trip who's father was on Piper Alpha at the time of the incident. Fortunately he was one of the 61 to survive the explosion and ensuing fire. As you can imagine what had been a great weeks holiday was tainted for all of us by the long sombre bus journey from Dover to Aberdeen.

I've worked with others in the last 10 years who lost fathers and brothers that night as well as speaking to one or two who survived the disaster. Many safety improvements have been made in the wake of Piper Alpha and Lord Cullen's subsequent investigation and report but offshore working is still far from a safe working environment.

Thoughts go out today to all the families and friends who lost loved ones that night.

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Re: Piper Alpha 30th Anniversary

Post by andybz » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:16 pm

We can still learn a lot from this disaster, even if we don't work offshore or in the oil industry.

This month's Loss Prevention Bulletin is dedicated to learnings from the disaster. The opening article is available as a free download from http://www.icheme.org/lpb/free%20downloads.aspx

The Chemical Engineer has been running a series of "Piper Alpha Perspectives" available at https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/tag ... spectives/

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Re: Piper Alpha 30th Anniversary

Post by Alexis » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:33 am

Thank you for your insights Paddy and Andy for those links.
andybz wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:16 pm
We can still learn a lot from this disaster, even if we don't work offshore or in the oil industry.

This month's Loss Prevention Bulletin is dedicated to learnings from the disaster. The opening article is available as a free download from http://www.icheme.org/lpb/free%20downloads.aspx

The Chemical Engineer has been running a series of "Piper Alpha Perspectives" available at https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/tag ... spectives/

Lest we forget.
We must never forget this disaster and grief.
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