BP launches Texas City accident investigation

07 June 2007 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--An investigation has been launched into an accident which killed a contract worker at BP’s Texas City refinery in the US, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

The worker for AMEX Electrical Services suffered a fatal injury while on the job late Tuesday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

He was working on an idle unit that is being reconditioned prior to restart.

“We are deeply saddened by this accident and the resulting loss of life and have immediately begun an investigation into the incident,” BP said.

The accident happened amid a period of bad press for BP after investigations into an explosion on 23 March 2005 on an octane-enhancing unit at the Texas City refinery which killed 15 contract workers and injured 180. 

Also, its chief executive Lord Browne resigned last month after UK courts lifted a legal injunction preventing a newspaper group from publishing details of his private life.

This will be one of the first major challenges faced by his successor Tony Hayward.

BP said in January that it would implement the recommendations made by an independent safety panel, which issued a report faulting BP's top management for its inadequate policies on process safety.

The report concluded an investigation led by former US Secretary of State James Baker into the 2005 Texas City accident.

By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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