The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board issued its final report on the March 2005 Texas refinery explosion and fire that killed 15 workers and injured 180. The report details the safety lapses that led to the explosion and fire, which occurred at BP North America’s Texas City refinery.
The report, which follows a two-year investigation, concludes that the explosion “was caused by organizational and safety deficiencies at all levels of the BP Corporation.” According to the report, there were many precursors to the accident, including BP’s failure to follow safety procedures, repair equipment and complete safety tests.
To correct its communication lapses, the report urged BP to appoint a board of directors’ member with expertise in process safety. It also called on BP’s senior executives to improve their incident reporting program and to use new indicators to measure safety performance.
Final note: Now is a good time to review your organization’s safety efforts. That’s good business—and good PR, too. By proactively looking out for employee and customer safety, you place your organization in a favorable light.