A man who has worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in the North Sea after almost perishing on Piper Alpha has been appointed to lead Step Change in Safety.
A leading Aberdeen trade unionist has said he will continue to campaign for an independent probe into helicopter safety in the oil and gas industry- even though the government has rejected calls.
Piper Alpha trauma expert David Alexander has officially joined the support team of a north-east firm offering a range of specialist training services.
Currently, more than a third of global oil and gas production comes from offshore fields. The exploration, development, construction, production, logistics, maintenance and decommissioning operations of these fields are carried out with maritime units, including offshore vessels, installations (fixed, floating and subsea) and pipelines. For many countries, the offshore industry is contributing significantly to the national and global economy.
Several organisations have come together in a video campaign to prevent another Piper Alpha-level disaster in the North Sea.
A landmark report into the Piper Alpha disaster has finally been made free to the public, decades since its publication.
Trade unions yesterday condemned North Sea workforce conditions claiming signs of the failings that led to Piper Alpha are “coming to the surface again”.
Trade unionists from around the North Sea will be in Aberdeen today for a safety conference 30 years on from the Piper Alpha disaster.
Business are being asked to help in a fundraising effort for the Piper Alpha memorial gardens in Aberdeen.
Shell's chief executive said today that the oil industry still needed to do a lot of work to improve safety performance.
A Piper Alpha survivor is facing a new struggle after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Shane Gorman's father lost his life in the Piper Alpha disaster (read his story here). He is warning of the need for an"inside-out" safety approach.
A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Steve Rae, one of the 61 survivors of Piper Alpha and, in our conversations, something emerged about an aspect of the UK continental shelf that I’m becoming increasingly concerned about – the threat of overbearing regulation and the problems that it will create sooner or later. Or indeed has done already.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered at a special memorial event last night to remember the 167 men who died in the Piper Alpha disaster 30 years ago.
It was sent all the way from Australia to Aberdeen as a means of commemorating those who died on Piper Alpha.
A fundraising event for the upkeep of the Piper Alpha memorial gardens in Aberdeen is closing in on its £30,000 target.
An offshore union has called for better protection for workers on the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.
They are two words inextricably linked with tragedy and human loss on an unprecedented scale in the history of offshore energy.
On the 7th of July 1988 the country woke up to an unfolding tragedy, yet it wasn’t until the evening, sitting down to the nine o’clock news that most of us learned of the enormity of what had happened on the Piper Alpha oil platform.
Offshore chaplain Reverend Gordon Craig believes the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha tragedy can bring the disaster “out of the history books and into real life” for many young oil workers.
Shane Gorman was just 18 when the Piper Alpha tragedy unfolded, with his father, Dave, being among the 167 people to lose their lives.
Pat Rafferty, Scottish Secretary of the Unite trade union, says he does not believe employers have learned enough from the disaster.
The executive director of Step Change in Safety says the industry “must believe” that a Piper Alpha-scale disaster could never happen again in the North Sea.
Religious leaders have spoken of how the world must remember Piper Alpha because “we dare not forget”.
On the evening of the 6th July 1988 I went to bed as I always did at just after midnight because I was in charge of my then baby son’s last feed. Having listened to the news during that feed I was aware that there was a fire offshore but at that point in time the details were sparse.