High Accident Rate for Louisiana's Refineries Reported

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the United Steelworkers released the report on 2011 accidents at the 17 refineries last week.

A new report says Louisiana's 17 refineries reported 301 accidents to the state of Louisiana during 2011. The data come from self reports that have been criticized for underestimating actual releases; even so, they show more than 1 million pounds of toxicants into the air and some 1.3 million gallons into the state's water and soil.

"This report offers a window into what is really going on at Louisiana's refineries. They help our union make the case for how unsafe this industry can be. Instead of ignoring the results of this report or doubting the accuracy of the public records on which the data is based, refiners should work with our union and the community to make these plants safer," said Gary Beevers, International Vice President of the United Steelworkers. "No one wants these refineries to shut down, but refiners can do more to ensure the safety and health of their workers and the community. ExxonMobil definitely has the financial resources to do a better job."

The report, titled "Common Ground: the Call for Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Refineries in Louisiana," was released by the union and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental health and justice organization supporting neighborhoods' use of grassroots action to create informed, sustainable communities free of industrial pollution. They say the report's goal is to solve the ongoing problem of refinery accidents. "Every year, we repeat our call to refinery management to sit down with us and with the workers to get to the bottom of the industry's accident problem," said Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. "Refinery managers continue to act as if they don't have an accident problem. Until they face the facts, the oil industry, our economy, our environment, and our health will suffer."

The report (available at http://www.labucketbrigade.org/article.php?id=1373) indicates total pollution increased from the previous year.

comments powered by Disqus

Info Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations manage safety and achieve regulatory compliance by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, loss payouts, insurance premiums, property damage, lost days, and OSHA fines; and more. Learn More →

  • Proactively Prevent Incidents and Injuries

    IndustrySafe’s JSA module allows users to track and mitigate hazards associated with difficult tasks or job sites. Learn More →

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module. Learn More →

  • Track and Analyze Your Training Programs

    With IndustrySafe’s Training module, users can quickly generate reports identifying employees who need recertification and training for specific job assignments and can automatically notify employees of upcoming classes and required re-training. Learn More →

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s flexible and intuitive Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track Key Safety Performance Indicators and metrics, allowing safety professionals to gain increased visibility into their business' operations and safety data. Learn More →

  • Industry Safe

Free e-News Subscription

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy