Monday, October 23, 2006

More on safety at BP

Radio Four’s long-running documentary strand File on Four this week looks at safety standards at UK oil major BP, a subject this blog has previously covered.

And – if the taster on the BBC’s website is anything to go by, the programme will not much to the liking of £15,000-a-day Lord Browne of Madingly or the company’s public relations team:

‘The US Chemical Safety Board, the federal body which investigates major industrial accidents, has attacked safety standards at UK oil giant BP

‘Its findings follow an investigation into the March 2005 blast at BP's Texas City refinery near Houston that killed 15 people and injured 180.

‘The CSB alleges that … eight previous safety incidents at the facility were not property investigated, and that the right corrective actions were not taken.

‘It further claims that BP failed to adequately maintain instruments and equipment, and that the number of training staff at the plant had been cut by 73%. ‘The CSB concludes that such cost cutting was part of a 25% reduction in fixed costs at the plant from 1998 to 2001, which had a serious impact on maintenance and infrastructure.’

You can hear the programme at 8pm on Tuesday evening.

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