May 18, 2018

The Scottish judge who chaired the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster will deliver the opening keynote address at a major offshore safety conference taking place in Aberdeen next month (June 5 and 6).

Lord Cullen will tell Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum with Step Change in Safety as principal sponsor – that there is much to be learnt from the fundamental reasons for past major accidents, whatever the differences in conditions today or in the future.

All too often there had been signs of danger which had not been recognised – or acted upon – to prevent those accidents or limit their extent, Lord Cullen will say in his address, using references from eight past accidents including Piper Alpha.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Lord Cullen’s report following his public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster was the catalyst for the extremely robust health and safety legislation that governs our sector today. We are delighted Lord Cullen will be joining us and look forward to the insights he will undoubtedly bring.”

Chris Flint, HSE’s Director Energy Division said: “The Piper Alpha disaster was a watershed moment for the industry and the inquiry led by Lord Cullen made recommendations that have had a lasting impact on the industry and management of major accident hazards offshore. Lord Cullen’s presence at the Safety 30 conference provides the opportunity to remind everyone of the need to work together to build on the Piper Alpha legacy, ensuring a safer future for the next generation of workers and beyond.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media are invited to attend Safety 30. To book your place contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on jphillips@oilandgasuk.co.uk / 01224 577279.