Next month marks the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea, which is in terms of loss of life, the worst disaster in the history of the offshore oil industry. The Piper Alpha tragedy had a profound effect on the development of process safety culture and legislation, not just in the UK but throughout the world.
Much has been written about this tragic accident and much has been learned about preventing major accidents since then.
With the great crew change already taking place, it is time to reflect on the disaster to ensure that the painful lessons are never forgotten.
This article reviews the disaster and discusses the development of process safety legislation since then.
Read the full story here.
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