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Number of deaths caused in worst global offshore oil rig disasters 1964-2010

Offshore oil rigs are undoubtedly a potentially hazardous working environment. Since the first offshore oil rigs were constructed, numerous disasters on offshore oil rigs have occurred around the world. The most fatal offshore oil rig disaster to date was the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea, United Kingdom in July 1988. On July 6, 1988, a gas leak on the platform ultimately led to several explosions on the platform, killing 167 of the platform's 226 workers, and taking almost three weeks for the fire to be controlled.

Number of casualties in the most fatal offshore oil rig disasters worldwide from 1964 to 2010

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June 2019



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1964 to 2010

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