Case studies: BP releases report on Deepwater Horizon

BP has released its report on the Deepwater Horizon incident (the report is free to download).  Whilst the report is a technical analysis of the event, a number of human factors issues have been identified, notably issues surrounding emergency training, competence, and procedures.

Elsewhere, Step Change in Safety has issued an alert over a fatality that occurred when a rig worker was caught between moving equipment during pipe handling operations.   A number of contributing factors are listed, including numerous unidentified ‘crush points’ on the platform, but also poor communications and supervision playing a major role.

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