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Piper Alpha Offshore oil disaster July 6, 1988. Piper Alpha is an offshore oil and gas platform that suffered an explosion in July 1988, which is still regarded as the worstoffshore oil disasterin the history of the UK. The accident killed 165 out of 226 crew members and two crew from the standby vessel Sandhaven.The accident was attributed mainly to human error and forced the offshore industry to pay more attention to safety issues. Property damage from the Piper Alpha explosion was estimated to be $1.4bn.The root cause of the Piper Alpha disaster was primarily an inappropriate permit to work system. On the night of the tragedy, workers reinstated and injected condensate fluid into a pump, not knowing a safety valve on another deck had been removed and replaced by a non-leak-proof disk. The high-pressure condensate flow leaked from the disk and soon ignited. The first explosion broke through a fire wall that was not fit to stand up to explosive events. This led to secondary explosions in the module neighboring the location of the initial leak. Rubber matting used by divers on a lower deck accumulated a pool fire which ultimately resulted in the devastating and irreversible damage of the fire ball that engulfed the platform at 22:20 on 6th July, 1988. From this point onward, the fate of the oil rig was sealed.© Verdict Media Limited 2021© Offshore Technology© Smithsonian Channel©The Piper Alpha Disaster: A Personal Perspective with Transferrable Lessons on the Long-Term Moral Impact of Safety FailuresMarc Reid*ACS Chem. Health Saf.2020, 27, 2, 88–95Publication Date: February 19, 2020© 2020 American Chemical Society

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