OSHA Compliance

A Peep Through BP's Horrible Safety Record

BP seems to be in the limelight these days, but under a negative light. With people becoming more interest in them, some horrible secrets have come ashore. BP has been fined by OSHA 760 times, in complete contrast to the oil giant ExxonMobil (XOM) that has been fined only once.

The question is, with all these citations, how did OSHA allow BP to operate? Before, we were unaware of these skeletons in the closet but now, BP or OSHA has an explanation to give.

Let us take a look back into the past and browse through the track record of BP’s safety violations:

In 2007, 200,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled into the Alaskan wilderness and BP got hit with $16 million in fines.

Approximately $353 million was paid to the Justice Department as part of an agreement to hold prosecution on charges that BP contrived to manipulate the propane gas market.

Prior to Deepwater Horizon, 30 BP workers were killed in two separate disasters and more than 200 were seriously injured.

In the last three years, BP refineries in Texas and Ohio have accounted for 97% of the egregious, willful violation, which was handed by OSHA.

According to OSHA’s statistics, BP ran up to 760 "egregious, willful" safety violations. Some companies like Sunoco and Conoco-Phillips each had only eight, Exxon one and Citgo had two.

After analyzing these facts, one thing is certain that BP probably shouldn't be operating anywhere let alone in USA, considering the horrific safety record they have.

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