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Piper Alpha survivor braves burning environment for first time in 33 years

A survivor of Piper Alpha has returned to an environment involving flames for the first time since the tragic incident 33 years ago to raise safety awareness.

Joe Meanen was one of the 61 survivors of what remains the worst ever offshore disaster which claimed the lives of 167 people in 1988.

Mr Meanen teamed up with fire safety specialist RigDeluge and training provider AIS Survivex for a “Safety In Mind” event in Montrose this month, where he discussed the psychology around offshore safety. That included entering a simulated offshore burning module with a failed sprinkler system.

He told Energy Voice:

“I was slightly nervous beforehand but once I got on I was fine. I’ve never been too frightened about facing up to things…

I just thought that if I need to go up and speak and make my presentation, I need to remind myself what-like it was, face up to things, see what’s involved for my own benefit.” The aim of the event, attended by a range of workers from operators and supply chain, was to emphasise the importance of competency and hands-on experience offshore.”