Joint Integrity training

This week we are delivering BS EN 1591-4:2013 Joint Integrity training at Hemel Hempstead – the heart of the 2005 Buncefield oil storage explosion, in which 40 people were injured and 250,000 litres of petrol spilled less than 30 miles from central London. Buncefield was Europe’s largest peacetime fire. While no one was killed, 240

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Can you prove competence?

Some of the large EPC contractors and principal mechanical contractors are clearly now providing evidence of their workforce in terms of joint integrity competency to break containment of process pipework and re-make bolted joints – but what about the smaller support organisations, mechanical engineering companies and even transient workers (of which lies the greatest issues

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A SAD FACT…

These are the words spoken by Lord Cullen after a 13-month inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster. Lord Cullen made 106 recommendations in his report, all of which were taken on board by the industry. My fear is that we may well be at a tipping point in terms of joint integrity (or lack of) whereby

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NO GAMBLING MATTER

On the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, I have reflected on how in many ways the industry has changed for the better in terms of process safety and business improvement techniques to reduce the chances of similar disasters occurring. Conversely and specifically in terms of mechanical joint integrity of bolted joints, I also

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