The oil giant BP has been dropped as a leading example of good safety practice by the national workplace watchdog following outrage from occupational health. In recent years BP has been landed with record fines for major accidents, injuries and deaths at oil refineries in Grangemouth in Scotland and Texas in the US. Despite this, the company has been highlighted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for its inspiring “leadership” on safety at work.
This has caused anger amongst occupational health experts, with one Scottish safety professional describing the HSE as a “lap-dog” of big business.
Last week, however, the HSE withdrew an online case study praising BP’s approach to health and safety just days after complaints accusing BP of being a repeated “safety offender” and a “disgrace”. BP, however, claimed the case study had simply been removed because it was “old”.
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