Top Federal Official Reports BP Has Potential Safety Problems

Despite of the heavy charges imposed on the BP some years back, it still has safety problems that are potentially dangerous. OSHA Chief David Michaels says about the safety problems.

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According to a top federal safety official, BP has potentially dangerous and serious safety problems at its two U.S. refineries, but is not taking any steps to correct the problems.

The head of the government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),David Michaels told ABC News that he could only conclude that BP is concerned more about the profits other than safety.

Michaels said, "I don't understand why BP doesn't make these changes that we require, but it may be a simple calculation. They see the cost of fixing the refineries in a way that would satisfy OSHA as being too expensive, so they're going to wait until more people are killed, or more explosions to occur, then they'll hope for the best and make the changes later. I can't explain it any other way. "

BP runs refineries near Ohio, Toledo, and in Texas City, Texas. OSHA inspections reveal "systematic problems across both of them''. Michaels said, "We are very concerned about BP and other oil refineries. These are facilities that when they blow up can injure many people, can kill many people and destroy property, and kill people far away from the facility. They're bombs that can blow up and cause major damage."

In year 2005, there was a deadly explosion at BP's Texas City refinery. Fifteen employees were killed and 180 were injured. But BP has not made all the changes that OSHA has called for at the facility despite facing multi-million dollar fines.

Michaels said, "We went in after the BP explosion, we issued the largest fine in OSHA history." But that fine imposed of $21 million was not successful in getting BP to amend its mistake.

"When we returned a few years later, we found the very same hazards hadn't been abated, and we issued then the largest fine in OSHA history, $87 million. And frankly, those hazards are still there."

According to the fact three more workers lost their lives in accidents at the Texas City plant since the 2005 explosion.

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