Opinion

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Preventing tragedy is greatest tribute we can pay Piper Alpha victims

26/06/2013

The Piper Alpha disaster – still the world’s worst offshore industrial tragedy – changed the lives of the loved ones of all on board and it brought about fundamental changes to the way Scotland’s offshore industry treated the health and safety of its workers, writes Alex Salmond.

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Piper 25: Remembering the past, we must work together for the future

21/06/2013

It was 24 years ago, almost to the day, when I spent my first night offshore on-board the Tharos support vessel.  I had just finished my first shift on Claymore as part of a commissioning squad preparing for first oil post the Piper tragedy.  In the days to come I would be caught up in the industrial action that dominated our offshore life and the headlines in 1989.

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Piper 25: Vital to remember the individual lives lost to the disaster

20/06/2013

That was the last time I saw Carl Busse, his curly mop of black hair and a warm, engaging smile that literally did light up the room. On the night of July 6th he and 166 other souls lost their lives in the worst rig disaster of all time. I was lying in bed and listening to the radio when the news of the fire began to unfold.

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Energy companies must be prepared to maintain communications chain

06/06/2013

The energy sector is uniquely positioned in terms of its communication requirements. Offshore operations, maritime integration and onshore offices are all elements within a tightly meshed chain. One link in the chain breaks and the integrity of the whole organisation can be seriously damaged.

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25 years after Piper Alpha, are we taking a backward step?

It is ironic that just as we are approaching the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster when 167 men lost their lives and many were seriously injured, the Government has made a change which will remove the right to claim compensation based on breach of, among others, the very health and safety regulations introduced following Lord Cullen's report into Piper Alpha.

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Piper 25: Taking stock for the future

Few will need to be reminded that next month marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. As the world's worst offshore incident, it claimed the lives of 167 men and cast a dark shadow over everyone and everything connected to oil and gas for a long time afterwards.