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Looking Back at BP Texas City

Lessons Learned Transform Corporate Cultures

March 29, 2010 | Kara Sissell

The accident five years ago at BP’s Texas City, TX site that killed 15 has had a profound effect on corporate safety cultures, with executives focusing increasingly on policies and management systems that do more than pay lip service to safety, experts say. “Industry has always been focused on safety, there is no disputing that,” says Mark Farley, a partner at law firm Pillsbury (Houston). “But Texas City was a watershed event as far as emphasizing the importance of safety culture and oversight.” signs of trouble: CSB’s...

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