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Poor safety culture at root of fatal refinery explosion

The head of a government agency that recently released a draft report on a refinery fire that claimed seven lives said this complex incident can be traced to a root cause: a deficient safety culture. [Read more…]

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Investigators say BP was sweating the small stuff

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” an old saying goes. A federal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers says BP was doing just that at the expense of paying attention to more serious safety hazards. [Read more…]

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Report on BP spill: Have to change ‘business as usual’

The Presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill says the oil and gas industry needs to take bold action to make it clear that business will no longer be conducted as usual in the Gulf of Mexico. In a nutshell, one section of the report says BP and other companies working in the Gulf need to change their safety cultures. [Read more…]

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Process safety violations prove costly: Big fine

When OSHA inspects chemical plants, petroleum refineries and other complex operations, any process safety violations will add up quickly to significant fines. [Read more…]

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