Sometimes it’s best to remain silent…

As somebody who has worked in the North Sea oil & gas industry for over 30 years, and currently chair of the CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) advisory Council, I’ve been asked why there have been no statements from the CQI following the recent (23/8/13) Super Puma incident off Sumburgh when four people died. Continue reading


A few weeks ago I had Sunday lunch with my sister and parents. Not something so extraordinary to write but my sister and I realised the last time the four of us has sat down together for Sunday lunch (without others, such as husband, wife and children, being there as well) was almost 40 years ago. I’d come home from university for a weekend and she was still at school. After lunch we went for a walk together in a local park.

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Risky Sins

Apologies for encroaching into what might be seen as the HSE (health, safety and environment) discipline but I want to list some of the areas I frequently see needing consideration in task risk assessment procedures.  This is certainly not a primer on risk assessment and I’m only focusing on the commonly used qualitative two factor (Severity x Probability = Risk) approach.  These are personal views and I don’t claim they’re universally applicable; I expect everyone will be able to offer exceptions and these points are only suggestions for consideration: Continue reading