Volume 84 Issue 46 | pp. 31-33
Issue Date: November 13, 2006

BP Explosion Under Scrutiny

Many companies tolerate risky practices that may lead to deadly accidents, chemical safety board says
Department: Government & Policy, Business | Collection: Safety

A crisis in "corporate cultural behavior" created conditions that led to the deaths of 15 workers and injuries to 180 more at BP's Texas City, Texas, refinery, says the head of the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). Carolyn W. Merritt points to a history of corporate cost cutting that resulted in maintenance, safety, and plant infrastructure deterioration.

"The experience at BP should serve as a cautionary tale to every oil and . . .

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