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The Public Inquiry into the Piper Alpha Disaster, The Hon Lord Cullen
On 6th of July 1988, the Piper Alpha disaster claimed the lives of 167 people and completely destroyed a billion dollar platform. This accident, which remains the worst offshore accident to date, drew the attention of the offshore industry and the regulators to the devastating effects that could arise in the event of an explosion and fire on an offshore platform, and warranted dramatic reforms.
A public inquiry headed by Lord Cullen was ordered by the British Government. The inquiry, which lasted 13 months, sought answers to the two following questions:
- What were the causes and circumstances of the disaster on the Piper Alpha platform on 6th July 1988? and
- What should be recommended with a view to the preservation of life and the avoidance of similar accidents in the future?
Lord Cullen made a total of 106 recommendations proposing far reaching changes, which were all accepted by the government and industry, and which have profoundly transformed the offshore regulatory and operating environment worldwide.
This report in two volumes is the final report on the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha platform disaster in the North Sea headed by Lord Cullen. Volume 1 describes the findings of the investigation into the disaster as well as the background to the disaster, and Volume 2 looks to the future and lists Lord Cullen's recommendations.
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