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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Better safety data could help prevent oil industry disasters
Date: July 21, 2012 9:41:20 AM EDT
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Better safety data could help prevent oil industry disasters

By Rafael Moure-Eraso

In March 2005, 15 workers were killed in an explosion in Texas City shortly after returning from a celebratory luncheon at which BP refinery personnel were congratulated on an outstanding safety record. But the basis of the kudos - data indicating a low personal injury rate from accidents like slips, trips and falls - blinded operators, managers and top executives to more significant data concerning overall process safety that were warning that something catastrophic could hit the refinery.
to view the full op-ed by Chairperson Moure-Eraso on the Houston Chronicle's website. to view information on the CSB's public hearing on July 23 and 24 in Houston, TX. 

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