Workplace Safety and Worker Protections at BP, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety of the Comittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 22, 2010 [open pdf - 238KB]
This is the July 22, 2010 hearing on "Workplace Safety and Worker Protections at BP," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. From the opening statement of Senator Murray: On June 10th, I held a hearing on the topic of keeping workers safe in the oil and gas industry. We were joined by expert wit- nesses from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Steelworkers Union, the Hazardous Materials Programs Office in Contra Costa County, CA, and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. I did invite BP to send a representative to help us understand what has been going wrong at their company that led to so many deaths and injuries and accidents over recent years, and what les- sons they have learned from recent disasters at their company, but they declined that invitation. I found that decision to be outrageous, given the company's shameful record of workplace safety and worker protections, including 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; 15 workers killed and more than 170 injured in a 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery; a record $87 million in fines levied against BP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in October 2009 for failing to correct safety hazards after the Texas City explosion--fines which came after a 6-month inspection revealed hundreds of violations of a settlement agreement put in place to repair hazards at the refinery; countless reports about unsafe practices at its pipeline operations in Alaska; and evidence that corners have been cut in operations, cuts that put workers at risk in the interest of maximizing profits. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patty Murray, Johnny Isakson, Al Franken, Michael F. Bennet, Steve Flynn, Robert P. Casey, Kay R. Hagan, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Jeff Merkley.
S. Hrg. 111-1155; Senate Hearing 111-1155
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