"The oil industry is in danger of making the same mistakes it did in the years before the Piper Alpha disaster."
Mr Molloy, regional organiser of the RMT's offshore energy branch, said: "Everything that we are seeing in the offshore sector today was played out in 1986 - everything. In just two short summers, in 1988, the Piper Alpha blew apart and took 167 men. We cannot and must not allow this industry to make the same mistakes again."Read the full article
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6th Anniversary of Macondo Disaster
In 1988, the offshore oil and gas industry experienced its deadliest accident when an explosion aboard the Piper Alpha oil production platform took the lives of 167 individuals. In its aftermath, a major incident investigation revealed a number of issues concerning the management of major accident risk offshore. Twenty-five years later, the Piper Alpha disaster was described as “the lens through which we [the offshore industry] view our safety efforts.” The Macondo incident serves to check the focus of that lens.
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