BP Amoco under fire as HSE announces probe into Grangemouth safety

The Health and Safety Executive is to look into possible management failures at BP Amoco’s Grangemouth refinery following three potentially serious accidents at the site within the past two weeks. Last weekend, part of the refinery’s catalytic cracker caught fire and it took 60 firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze. This followed the rupture […]

The Health and Safety Executive is to look into possible management failures at BP Amoco’s Grangemouth refinery following three potentially serious accidents at the site within the past two weeks.

Last weekend, part of the refinery’s catalytic cracker caught fire and it took 60 firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze. This followed the rupture of the main 45mm steam duct from the site’s power plant four days earlier at a point close to where it crosses a public road, and a complete loss of power throughout the site in May.

Inspectors from the HSE and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency are investigating the incidents to see if there were any `systemic failures in safety management’.

Susan Caito, BP Amoco’s Grangemouth director, conceded that the safety situation was unacceptable. The company announced this week it had set up a taskforce to carry out a review.

The three accidents bring to seven the number of incidents since 27 July 1999. Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty said he was `enraged’ by the latest accident, which came just a day after the company briefed him on the safety improvements it was implementing in the wake of the previous one.

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