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Piper calls the tune


I found the news article on shoddy rail maintenance both depressing and annoying (NCE 21 June). Does anyone remember the Cullen Report after the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster? Where has the lateral learning gone in our profession?

Implementation of the Piper Alpha Cullen Report in the offshore industry secured, among other things, excellent asset integrity management processes. The time, effort, expertise and expensive resources which went into this work should be giving other sectors a low cost, fast track means of reviewing their performance and processes.

Necessary improvements could then be implemented quickly and cost effectively.

Good asset integrity does not have to mean high costs. The Cullen Report combined with the oil price crash forced the oil industry to look at how it did business, including asset integrity management and safety and environmental performance. Other sectors of industry should not wait until they are forced into improving operation and maintenance.

There is plenty of evidence that high integrity, safety, and environmental performance really is good business.

Alan Squirrell, Squirrell Associates, alan@squirrell. org. uk

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