1988 and the Piper Alpha oil rig goes up in a ball of flames killing 167 oil rig workers.
The fire is believed to have started after explosions at about 2230 BST (2130 GMT) on the Piper Alpha drilling platform, 120 miles (193km) off the north-east coast of ScotlandWe should all know by now that working offshore on an oil rig is dangerous and stressful work. Oil rig workers are like soldiers that are sent to a war zone for months at a time, cut off from their family and friends, under stressful conditions and working long, long shifts, never knowing what fate may throw their way. It's the kinda work that me and you would not, or could not do, we don't have the balls that rig workers have but we are happy to reap the benefits that comes from their long, hard labour as we stuff our over taxed petrol into our cars, we care not one jot how it got into that petrol pump we have in our hands!
Oil rig workers are paid handsomly for their long, dangerous toil, and rightly so. They are given, by their employers good subsidised food in onboard restaurants that are equivalent to any 5* eatery you may find in your high street. Who would deny these workers a little comfort in their working schedule eh? Not me, nor, I suspect, you.
Step up to the plate NHS Grampian who are not interested in their [oil rig workers] health and wellfare while they stressfully go about their working lives, but the fact that they get cheap cigarettes irks them so much that they are calling for a change in the law to deprive them of cheap smokes.
NHS Grampian today called for an end to cheap cigarettes for oil workers.Health bosses want workers on rigs and vessels offshore to be prevented from buying cut-price tobacco.And they urged the Scottish Government to extend new restrictions on tobacco sales to cover offshore.