The Piper Alpha oil production platform was built in 1976 and destroyed in an explosion in 1988, killing 168 workers.
Sir Brian Appleton, a safety assessor at the disaster, afterwards summed up what safety professionals are called to perform:
“Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”
This quote is good for those days when budgets and politics seem overwhelming.