Pledge to Play Your Part w/c 3rd July

As we approach the 35th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster which took place on the 6th July 1988, Step Change in Safety calls on the industry to revisit the film ‘Remembering Piper: The Night that Changed our World’.

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The film was released on the 25th anniversary of the disaster and gives an impactful account of the events of that night, serving to remind us why remaining vigilant, and Playing Your Part is so important.

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‘Remembering Piper: The Night that Changed our World’ was voted as the resource most effective at keeping our workforce safe at last year’s Offshore Safety Awards and annual Step Change in Safety event.

The Piper Alpha Production Platform exploded in the North Sea, killing 167 men – fathers, sons, brothers, loved ones and colleagues. It remains the world’s worst-ever offshore disaster. Within 2 hours, the Piper Alpha went from being one of the world’s largest oil producers to a burning wreckage. It left just 61 survivors.

Steve Rae, Executive Director at Step Change in Safety, was on board Piper Alpha that night and knows how fortunate he was to have survived. Steve uses his experience from that night to lead Step Change in Safety and improve safety throughout the oil and gas industry.

In honour of all those who perished that night, we encourage you to take time out to revisit this important film and remember and reflect on the importance of remaining vigilant at your worksite, protecting yourself and your work colleagues. Our request is that everyone working in the oil and gas industry watches this film during the week of 3-9th July; play it at your safety meetings, circulate it with your teams and colleagues, both on and offshore.

Please pledge to give your time of just 22 minutes, the time it took for the disaster to unfold. Play Your Part and revisit this vital resource, share with your networks, and encourage others to watch. The film has also now been translated into 6 new languages for the first time for viewing around the world.

Visit the campaigns area of our website from Monday 3rd July to take the pledge and then access the film in English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese and Danish.

Please engage with us on social media across the week using #PledgeforPiper

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35th Piper Alpha Memorial Service 2023

This years’ service of remembrance will be held in the North Sea Memorial Rose Gardens at the Piper Alpha Memorial, located in Aberdeen, Hazelhead Park on Thursday 6th July 2023, commencing at 1pm.

The service will be conducted by Gordon Craig (Oil Chaplain), with Calum McIlroy, an accomplished musician providing music composed especially for the service. There will also be a traditional piper.

The service will take the following format:

  • Introduction
  • Prayer & Act of Remembrance
  • Reading of the names of 167 Souls
  • One Minute Silence
  • Laying of Wreaths/Flowers, Commemoration
  • Thank You and Close

Refreshments will be served at Park Cafe. More details can be found here

Lest We Forget