USW Refinery Safety Survey Shows Pervasive Hazards, Anemic Industry Response – 11/30/07
By Doug Cunningham
The United Steelworkers union says since 15 workers were killed and 180 injured in the British Petroleum explosion and fire in Texas City, Texas in 2005 the industry response to safety hazards pervasive in U.S. oil refineries has been anemic. USW President Leo Gerard says a new union survey of safety practices at U.S. refineries shows there’s an alarming potential for future disasters and companies need to work with the union on a comprehensive overhaul of oil refinery safety practices.
[Gerard]: “It’s a wake-up call to the industry and as the United Steel Workers we’re prepared to work hand in hand with them to improve the safety