According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, BP has ignored worker safety in relation to the clean up. OSHA made this known to the Coast Guard and requested help in communicating the agency’s “growing concern over significant deficiencies in BP’s oil response operations related to worker safety.” The oil giant’s failures to adequately protect workers involved in the oil spill cleanup efforts pose “potentially grave consequences” for their health. The failure by BP to look out for workers’ safety isn’t too surprising, considering its past record.
Thus far it appears BP has done nothing to seriously and systematically address OSHA’s concerns. According to reports, OSHA field representatives have witnessed “numerous deficiencies at several work sites and staging areas throughout the Gulf Coast region.” They say these problems were not isolated incidents. Another source of “grave concern and frustration” on OSHA’s part is that BP has failed to share critical health and safety information relating to the exposure and injuries of its cleanup workers.
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