Despite having a Permit To Work system, Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha platform was destroyed by explosion and fire after a shift reinstated a system left partially disassembled by the previous shift. 167 men perished in this incident due to failure to properly communicate permit state at shift handover.
Permit to Work systems are a regular part of working life on board ships. They ensure that proper planning has been carried out for a given work task and that all associated risks have been properly considered; that appropriate safety control measures are in place, and that all risks are properly managed.
This module will show the importance of using a Permit to Work.