Proforma Safety President Scott Arnold has worked with the major oil companies -- including BP -- for many years on offshore installations. In a post on blog.proformasafety.com, he offers his insight into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and urges the energy industry to prioritize safety over cost and schedule.
"I challenge industry executives to remain steadfast in their commitment to safety regardless of cost or delay – and to building a true safety culture," says Scott. "Rather than falling into historic traps ('we’ve done it this way a thousand times'), look at each new well or project as if it has never been done before. Ensure the safety processes you’ve captured in your policies are implemented even if the pressure’s on to meet deadlines and curtail costs.
"If we keep safety our top priority, schedule and cost will fall into line. The cost of shortcuts is measured in lives, not minutes, and the lives of our workers and our environment are more valuable than any rig, schedule, project or earnings report."