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ID:

501

Date:

2010-05-16

Headline:

Renegade Refiner: OSHA Says BP Has "Systemic Safety Problem"

Reporter's name:

Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Center for Public Integrity

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Despite a 2005 refinery disaster in Texas that killed fifteen workers, British Petroleum (BP) still racked up the vast majority of "willful" and "egregious willful" violations of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) violations in a multi-year period before the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed eleven oil-rig workers. OSHA's director of enforcement lamented that OSHA inspectors had been finding "many of the same problems repeatedly" during the previous fifteen years.

Notes:

The Center for Public Integrity used FOIA to obtain refinery inspection data from OSHA that showed that BP sites accounted for hundreds of "willful and flagrant violations" - compared to just one for other refineries - and about 76 percent of violations with "intentional disregard for employee safety and health."

Keywords:

British Petroleum, BP, oil, oil rig, refinery, inspection, violation, OSHA, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Texas, Ohio, Washington, Gulf of Mexico, Deepwater Horizon, Center for Public Integrity

URL:

http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2085/


Agencies:

OSHA

States:

CA
DC
OH
TX
WA

Categories:

energy
environment
workplace safety


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