It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the horrific explosion which engulfed the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea and in which 167 men lost their lives.

The subsequent Cullen enquiry into the accident lasted more than a year and made 106 recommendations, all of which have been implemented. Lord Cullen is due to make the key note speech at a conference in Aberdeen , re visiting the findings of his report and charting a course for the future.

Thankfully, the tragic events of 25 years ago have never been repeated and the number of fatalities in the North Sea industry and industry generally , have been on a down ward trajectory. The importance of health and safety in the work place has never been higher. Having well thought out and detailed procedures in place to minimise risk , is recognised as crucial in many organisations. The costs incurred when health and safety goes wrong or is over looked , go far beyond the damages paid out to the victims. Considerable management time is expended in dealing with the aftermath of accidents and serious reputational damage can arise.

Morton Fraser are well placed to advise on how to frame polices to reduce risk and based on our experience of dealing with claims, where accidents commonly arise and how to mitigate the effects of them.

To read more about the interview with Lord Cullen and his reforms of safety practices, click here to visit the BBC website.