Seconds From Disaster ( Piper Alpha )

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Seconds from Disaster (Piper Alpha) is a documentary that shows the fire tragedy that happen on the Piper Alpha oil mining company. The film was documented by National Geographic channel to explain with details the cause and impact of the explosion that occurred in the North Sea. In Wednesday 6 July 1988, an accident happened on the Piper Alpha Company. A great disaster killed 167 people and damaged much property in one hour and thirty minutes. The fire released lethal fumes that stunned and killed numerous workers. Workers jumped more than 90 feet into the sea to escape the blazes and gases regardless the fatal dangers of jumping. Others slid down pipes and landed where burning oil was floating on the sea. Boats and helicopters rescued those who survived jumping. The accident was caused by the maintenance work that was carried on high-pressure condensate pumps and a protection valve that was carelessly fixed leading to leakage. After the removal of the gas protection valve for maintenance, the pipe stayed temporarily closed with a blind flange because the work was not completed throughout the daytime shift. The night crews turned on the alternate pump unaware of the maintenance carried out during the daytime shift. Because of this mistake, the blind flange and the firewalls failed to handle the pressure causing several explosions. The fire that started at the platform increased because of the failure in closing the gas flow from the tartan platform. The automatic…
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