Many of the men who worked onboard Piper Alpha at the time lived in the city of Aberdeen in Scotland, also known as the Oil Capital of Europe. The night before the men of Piper Alpha went away, many of them would spend quality time with their own families and loved ones. Back in 1988 the typical work pattern for an offshore worker working in the North Sea was usually 2 weeks onshore and 2 weeks off. Which meant that these men would spend almost half of the entire year working away from their wives and children. Mostly all of the men who had chosen occupations in the cold hostile conditions of the North Sea Oil Platforms had done so with the sole aim of improving their own standard of living. Many of the Offshore jobs were well paid, providing some of these men with luxuries that they could have never possibly afforded on a basic minimum wage. A handful of the men working onboard Piper at the time were now nearing the end of their careers after having spent most of their lives working onboard the fishing boats in the North Sea. Now, with their retirements just around the corner they were keen on making the best of the opportunities and financial bonuses the oil industry had to offer. Working Offshore at the time was especially attractive to certain groups of younger men who were just starting out in life, keen on making their own mark in the world. Some had already made plans to get married. Others were about to start their own families and buy their own homes. These were men who were working hard for a better life and for a better future. The men of Piper Alpha were men from different walks of life, of different ages, from different backgrounds all at different stages of their lives and careers.