Lessons learnt from the "Piper Alpha" disaster
- that there should be investigation and studies performed to try to prevent this from re-occurring.
- The control room should be manned at all times, by a person trained and qualified to control
- The enquiry discovered that Permit to work systems and Audits were operated in a manner to comply with procedures, to meet the requirements, rather than in the spirit of the purpose of these systems to identify and eliminate risks.He recommended that all such systems should be independently monitored to evaluate their effectiveness and that any remedial actions required be carried out in a timely manner. It is depressing to consider that it took a catastrophe of such proportions to introduce such glaring obvious requirements.How safe should an industry be? Here is the Government Definition. ALARP - As Low As Reasonably PracticalThat's how safe the industry should be. Our attitude to Safety must be deadly serious. Any compromise we make with safety will come back to haunt us. The cost of safety is always less than the cost of an incident.Until a couple of years ago a little old lady lived just up the street from me. She walked past my house occasionally. She looked a bit strange, a bit haunted. She talked to herself. Her son was on Piper Alpha the night of the disaster. His body was never recovered. She never recovered. A Life Ruined. A Real Person.ALARP Indeed.Michael HeaneyBenchwhistler Associates LtdPlanned People Maintenance - Enhancing the Performance of your most important asset Visit our website www.benchwhistler.com