Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
There probably were a series of failures by all parties involved in the operation of that well and platform. Safety regulations and fail safe measures do need to be strengthened as a result of this disaster. Keep in mind, most all safety inspections are conducted internally by the lessee, the owner, and sub-contractors. Third party (government, etc) inspections are few and far between.
they hire the subcontractors and they set the work... and the atmosphere it's performed under (safety in mind - or just 'git er done' and don't worry about anything else -production, production, production !!!)
I really think they need a Corporate Management Responsibility Act. If you're an owner, a CEO or top manager of a company and the company causes damages to others and you knew the shortcomings, you can go to jail ! . . screw this "OK you step down and take your golden parachute (millions) with you "... IF some of these cluster-Fcks had to serve time for their crappy business decisions, some might think twice. . . even if they didn't heed the law, at least there'd be better justice.
In my opinion members of the executive should not pre-judge what may fall to be determined by the judicial process ... as I understand it BP believe that the fault lies with sub-contractors.
Not the first time they've tried to pass on the blame. BP's safety record is horrendous. The 2005 blowout at Texas City is a perfect example. Do you remember that one? Fifteen dead, close to 200 injured. We personally know families that were hurt by that one. I've lifted the highlights from Wiki ~
On February 4, 2008, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal heard arguments regarding BP's offer to plead guilty to a federal environmental crime with a US$50 million fine. At the hearing, blast victims and their relatives objected to the plea, calling the proposed fine "trivial." So far, BP has said it has paid more than US$1.6 billion to compensate victims. The judge gave no timetable on when she would make a final ruling.
On October 30, 2009 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposed an $87 million fine on the company for failing to correct safety hazards revealed in the 2005 explosion. The fine was the largest in OSHA's history, and BP announced that it would challenge the fine.
After the March explosion, other safety incidents occurred at the plant including three major safety incidents in 2005:
On 28-Jul-2005, a hydrogen gas heat exchanger pipe on the Resid Hydrotreater Unit ruptured, causing a release of hydrogen that erupted into a large fireball. One person received minor injuries. The Chemical Safety Board found that a contractor had accidentally switched a carbon steel pipe elbow with a low alloy steel elbow during maintenance, causing a failure mode known as “High Temperature Hydrogen Attack” (HTHA).
The CSB found that BP had not informed the maintenance contractor that the elbows were different, the maintenance contractor had not used any procedure (such as tagging) to ensure that the elbows were re-installed into their original locations.
On August 10, 2005, there was an incident in a Gas-Oil Hydrotreater that resulted in a community order to shelter. This incident occurred when a hole developed in the bottom of a valve that handles high pressure gas and oil.
On January 14, 2008, William Joseph Gracia, 56, a veteran BP operations supervisor, died following head injuries sustained as workers prepared to place in service a water filtration vessel at the refinery's ultracracker unit.
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