Monday, April 03, 2006

Piper Alpha

I watched the BBC's Piper Alpha video at the weekend. Even though I have seen it several times before and studied the accident in some detail, it really highlighted what a tragedy the accident was.
I think a lot of people think that some people did some very bad things to cause the accident. In reality, the errors made were fairly minor. It is just that several happened together, and they combined with more fundamental weaknesses in the platform's design and company's management systems.
Especially relevant to some work I am doing at the moment is the importance of good incident response systems. Of all the systems and procedures we have, these ones have to work very well and they have to be practiced at length and often. How many companies can say that this is what they do?

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