By ANGEL GONZALEZ
HOUSTON -- The US Chemical Safety Board said late Tuesday
that Transocean and BP had multiple deficiencies in their
safety-management systems that contributed to the Deepwater
The way the two companies and US oil-industry organizations
measured safety didn't focus on major accidents, but on
personal-safety incidents and other lagging indicators, the
The agency's remarks are part of a wide reaction by US
regulators to the deep-water blowout that in 2010 killed 11
people aboard a Transocean rig leased by BP, and led to a
three-month offshore oil spill, the worst in US history.
The CSB, which typically investigates onshore accidents at
major industrial sites, was asked by a Congressional committee
to conduct an investigation on the disaster, despite opposition
from some in the offshore industry who have alleged the US Gulf
of Mexico is outside the agency's area of jurisdiction.
The CSB said a "robust system of process safety indicators"
might have revealed many of the problems that led to the
disaster, including discordant safety controls between BP and
Transocean, over-reliance on manual intervention by the crew,
fickle safety plans, and lack of follow-up after smaller or
"We are gratified that the CSB recognized Transocean's
ongoing commitment to personal safety on all our rigs and in
our constant drive for best practices," a Transocean spokesman
"We will review industry recommendations regarding process
BP didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
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