Piper Alpha process safety then and now - issue 261

Issue Number: 261


With 167 fatalities, Piper Alpha is the deadliest accident in the history of the offshore oil and gas industry. There have been numerous articles, reports and documentaries coving the incident, possibly the best summary of the incident and the events leading up to it are contained in the Cullen Report.
The immediate cause of the accident was failure to adequately control maintenance activities, but a number of other factors arguably allowed a major accident to turn into a catastrophe.

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