A Coast Guard report says that Transocean Ltd. had serious flaws in its safety management system and a poor safety culture that contributed to the explosion that resulted in the oil spill. The report also concludes that decisions made by workers aboard the rig “may have affected the explosions or their impact,” such as failing to follow procedures for notifying other crew members about the emergency after the blast.
The report says that in the years leading up to the disaster, Transocean had “serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture. These deficiencies indicate that Transocean’s failure to have an effective safety management system and instill a culture that emphasizes and ensures safety contributed to this disaster,” the report further stated. A panel of officials from the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement held a series of seven hearings for its probe of the Gulf disaster. The Bureau is expected to release its own preliminary report on the explosion before the two agencies issue a joint final report later this year.
Source: Associated Press
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