Report Claims BP Had Safety Deficiencies in Oil Rig Explosion

By: Debbie M. Lord, Press-Register
By: Debbie M. Lord, Press-Register

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says that oil giant BP needed to focus less on the routine personal safety of their employees and more on the potential hazards of deepwater drilling, according to a story in the Houston Chronicle.

A report from the board to be released in Houston today, said that BP and Transocean, one of the partners in the drilling project, "had multiple safety management system deficiencies that contributed to the Macondo incident," the story said.

That incident led to the deaths of 11 workers and to the largest oil spill in U.S. waters
The USCSB report indicated that the company was concerned, rightly, with personal safety such as scaffolding, falls and labeling of tanks, the story said, but needed to be more aware of the potential risks inherent with deepwater drilling, particularly when partnering with other companies. The report also faulted BP for focus on "production performance without significant focus on major accident metrics."

Eleven employees aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig were killed on April 20, 2010 when oil and gas from the Macondo well ignited the rig. More than 200 million gallons of oil subsequently flowed into the Gulf.

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