INCIDENT

Piper Alpha:  Failure of Process Safety Management

During the platform fire in 1988, virtually nothing went right, which allows us to draw lessons from a long list of events leading to the hazard.

In the aftermath of the huge fire on the Piper Alpha platform, July 6, 1988, it was clear that the fire started and escalated very quickly into a full-blown disaster due to a huge list of individual failures at every level of the process safety management systems. In many respects, virtually nothing in the safety process worked as it should have, and the result was 165 fatalities out of the 226 men on the platform, plus two more men on a rescue vessel. Property damage ultimately totaled several billion dollars.

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