Gulf Oil Rug Workers Claim Safety Sacrificed to Save Money

June 1, 2010

  • June 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Magdar says:
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    People are inherently stupid at times. Considering the importance of oil and the magnitude of offshore drilling and potential for disasters like this one, where was the government in terms of proactively monitoring operations? If you want to know what’s going on….ask the employees w/o management present. It wouldn’t cost a fortune to have a team of people interviewing rig workers about safety issues/concerns and anonymous feedback given to the rig operators. Follow-up interviews could be conducted to see if the concerns had been resolved.

    And why didn’t any of these genius employees speak up before this occured? If their allegations are true and they opted to keep quiet, then they are part of the problem.

  • June 1, 2010 at 1:56 am
    Nugget says:
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    Magdar, that is a great suggestion about interviewing the employees! U.S. Navy aviation has several programs in place to monitor safety culture. These include anonymous reporting and discussion sessions with top safety officers about the organizational culture- my experience is that not many people hestitate to criticize the bad and praise the good when given the opportunity.

  • June 2, 2010 at 7:02 am
    M. Prankster says:
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    In the past I have noted different safety issues at work and have been told to “put up or shut up.” You can get fired for annoying the boss with questions about on the job safety!

    Why blame the employees?

  • June 2, 2010 at 7:13 am
    Elisa says:
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    Why blame employees? Because they’re an integral part of the safety equation that failed. When they made the decision they’d rather make the money than speak up and save lives and property, they chose to become part of the problem. Now, after the damage is done and it’s too late and they have nothing to lose they get “loose lips”. Where does the buck stop?

  • June 2, 2010 at 7:22 am
    Berch says:
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    What’s an oil rug? Sometimes a rug is slick, but in my humble opinion slick is not equal to rug. Somebody ought to do a visual spellcheck, not depend on the computer to do it!

  • June 2, 2010 at 10:04 am
    Icee says:
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    People often sweep their problems “under the rug”, so maybe the “Oil Rug” is where the employees put their safety concerns?



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