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Smith hosts Parliament reception to mark 25th anniversary of Piper Alpha tragedy

July 3, 2013 10:32 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

On Tuesday 2nd July, Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat MP for WestRobert SmithRobert Smith Aberdeenshire and Kincardine and Interim Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, hosted a reception in Parliament to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha tragedy on behalf of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Attendees included Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP, and MP's from across the political spectrum, as well as representatives from the offshore energy sector. They all wished to remember the 167 men who lost their lives, in what to this day remains the UK's worst industrial disaster since the 2nd World War.

Sir Robert commented:

"The 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of working offshore. Whilst huge progress has been made to improve the safety of the industry over the last 25 years it is important that we remember the lessons of Piper Alpha so that we can avoid any complacency in the future. The interest shown by both politicians and the offshore industry in marking the anniversary is an important part of ensuring that complacency doesn't set in when it comes to safety standards."

IOSH Head of Public Affairs, Richard Jones said:

"While we believe that improved regulation and standards have made this industry much safer than it used to be, much more needs to be done. This anniversary can give us fresh impetus to meet those new challenges in the North Sea and the offshore industry worldwide."

UK Continental Shelf oil and gas remains a key part of The UK economy, boosting our balance of payments by almost £50 billion per year, and providing employment for around 440,000 workers.