The Piper Alpha disaster: 25 years on
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There has been much publicity this week about Health & Safety as we hear about the anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.
Usually most of the comments I hear in the Press about Health & Safety are derogatory and un-informed comments about the so called 'compensation culture'.
It was therefore pleasing to hear on BBC Breakfast the other morning a comment that the improvements in Health & Safety since the Piper Alpha disaster have saved many many lives. That is borne out by the HSE update which states that the number of fatalities in the workplace continues to fall.
Health & Safety laws are there for the benefit of everybody working in an environment where there is a risk to their wellbeing. We are all entitled to come home from work alive and with all our arms and legs intact! Nobody should have to sacrifice their life or livelihood for the price of a day's pay in this day and age. That ethos belongs back in the Victorian age where it should well and truly remain.
For information about the latest 'full-year' statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace, for 2012/13, please follow this link.
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