30 years from Piper Alpha, industry must maintain focus on safety

Lord Cullen
Lord Cullen

The North Sea oil and gas industry must maintain a relentless focus on safe operations, a safety conference in Aberdeen will be told today.

Almost 700 people are due to attend the industry even held to promote safety on the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, commented last night: “Thirty years on from the Piper Alpha disaster, this conference provides an opportunity to consider and reflect on a number of themes: –

“The past, the journey we have taken on safety over three decades driven by the legacy of that dreadful night and its aftermath; the present – the way in which operations today continue to be shaped as a result of Piper Alpha – and the future – the challenges we must embrace to ensure we retain a relentless focus on safe operations in an ever changing and challenging business and operational environment.”

Martin Temple, Chairman of the Health and Safety Executive, said: “The impact of the Piper Alpha disaster created a ripple effect that had far reaching consequences, not just for the oil and gas industry but for the management of health and safety across all high hazard operations.

“As an industry – across regulators, operators and the supply chain we must remain focused on how our activities can prevent another major incident.”

Conference will also from Lord Cullen whose exhaustive public inquiry into the 1988 disaster led to the health and safety regime that the industry has today.

5 Jun 2018

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