CNNMoney has a lengthy piece on BP’s safety culture and how it wasn’t at all up to snuff, pointing out some eye-opening facts, such as
BP had strict guidelines barring employees from carrying a cup of coffee without a lid — but no standard procedure for how to conduct a “negative-pressure test,” a critical last step in avoiding a well blowout. If done properly, that test might have saved the Deepwater Horizon.
You can’t make this stuff up. The point is: they targeted personal safety, but not process safety. Kind of a glaring omission, no?