Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha

The tragic event of Piper Alpha occurred when this massive oil platform in the North Sea succumbed to explosion and fire, resulting in the loss of 167 lives.

This is one of the 10 DVDs in the acclaimed BBC series now available in a totally new format with expert training support material.
2013 was the 25th anniversary of this disaster. Twenty-five years for many young professionals is almost a lifetime. So there are a lot of people who may not be familiar with the scale of this event or the powerful lessons learned that transformed the industry and have had an impact across all other major industries.
This powerful safety DVD unravels the sequence of events that in the course of one critical hour lead to the disaster.


Piper Alpha - Spiral to Disaster is used by hundreds of organisations world wide including:

Exxon Mobil • BP • Proctor and Gamble • Hydrocarbons • Subsea 7 • RAF • Los Alamos Labs • Chevron Philips • TAQA Bratani • Perenco •  and many more in all industry sectors.


Customer review

Piper Alpha - Spiral to Disaster is a gripping drama/documentary that recreates the three hours of the tragedy.  It provides the basis of discussion, analysis and training in a variety of OH&S areas, including Risk Assessment, Permit to Work, Emergency Procedures, Safety Design and more.

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Sample study guide


Training package includes:

Each easy to understand workshop in the series can be run by facilitators even with minimal experience in presenting training courses.  In addition, tips and guidelines are included to help facilitators with every aspect of the workshop. 
  • DVD - duration 30 minutes
  • Facilitator's Guide including Facilitator's Checklist
  • Facilitator's Slide Guide
  • Participant's Handouts
  • PowerPoint Presentation

Languages available

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Flexible delivery formats

BBC Disaster Series
The 10 part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics, chemical manufacturing and hospitality.  Read more


Each. UK: £395. Australia: $595 plus GST. USA:  US$495


Series  (10) UK:  £2690.  Australia: $3390 Plus GST.

USA:  US$2695.



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