April 20, 2021 | Mark Paradies

11 Years Since the Deepwater Horizon Accident – What Did We Fail to Learn?

Deepwater Horizon US Coast Guard Photo

Remembering The Deepwater Horizon Blowout, Explosion, and Spill 11 Years Later

11 Dead, the rig lost, the largest oil spill in US waters and the environmental impact, $65 billion in expenses for BP (according to The Guardian), and BP’s stock losing half its value – that’s the negative outcomes from the Deepwater Horizon Accident.

Let’s start by remembering those that lost their lives in this accident (shown above in the picture from the Deepwater Horizon Study Group Final Report):

  • Jason Anderson
  • Aaron Dale Burkeen
  • Donald “Duck” Clark
  • Stephen Ray Curtis
  • Gordon Jones
  • Roy Wyatt Kemp
  • Karl Kleppinger Jr.
  • Keith Blair Manuel
  • Dewey Revette
  • Shane Roshto
  • Adam Weise

And those who loved them. And those that were injured and seriously affected mentally by the accident. Also, those that lost their jobs, life’s work, or livelihood as a result of the accident.

Videos to Learn About the Accident

Here is a link to our four-part video by Mark Paradies (originally presented at the TapRooT® Summit) about the lessons NOT learned from the Deepwater Horizon accident…

Here is the Chemical Safety Board video about the accident…

A 60 Minutes video…

BP’s “investigation” video…

Here is the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine video…

What do you think of these various videos?

Here is a link to the complete CSB Report…

Eleven years later blowouts still happen. But many blowouts may have been prevented. Do we know?

Did we learn all that we should have learned from the Deepwater Horizon accident? Let me know your opinion in the comments section below.

Improved Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Training

After the BP Texas City Fire, an independent board appointed by BP looked at BP’s process safety systems. One finding was that BP needed more effective root cause analysis to prevent further process safety accidents.

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis has advanced human performance analysis and equipment troubleshooting features built into the TapRooT® System. Here is Mark Paradies discussing these features on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

If you would like to know more, see:

Learning from our experience is vital to safe operations and process safety. Attend one of TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Courses (for a list of upcoming courses CLICK HERE) to learn how TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis can help you achieve excellence.

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