A joint Texas Tribune/Houston Chronicle investigation assesses the tenth anniversary of the fiery explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 workers in 2005 and injured about 180 others in the surrounding area. The “Blood Lessons” investigation found that safety within refinery culture and practices has not changed significantly and death rates have remained constant in the last decade. Additionally, some companies have continued to place tents and temporary trailers in danger zones within refineries, a practice, along with including nonessential personnel in routine tasks, that contributed to the high death toll of the Texas City accident. The Tribune/Chronicle team also addresses issues with OSHA and their difficulty in hiring, training and keeping inspectors who are often poached by industry for twice the salary the government can pay.
Read “Blood Lessons” in full here.