Macondo Blowout:The Human and Organisational Causes
Poor engineering decisions are analysed by Professor Andrew Hopkins as he identifies the human and organisational causes of the barrier failures in the "Macondo Blowout" safety training video.
Professor Andrew Hopkins analyses the organisational factors that contributed to poor engineering decisions made with all the judgements centred on commercial risk in the Macondo Blowout: Human and Organisational Causes safety training video.
Hopkins identifies barriers that failed to prevent the disaster and, more importantly, the human and organisational causes of the barrier failures in this safety training video.
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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the Macondo blowout) began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on July 15, 2010.
Eleven people went missing and were never found. It is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, an estimated 8% to 31% larger in volume than the previously largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3). After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated the well site was still leaking.
In the safety training video, Macondo Blowout, Hopkins points out that little consideration for major hazard risk was taken into account. Why was there no focus on major hazard risk? The distinction between process safety and personal safety that Hopkins makes, answers this question. It is important to understand the human and organisational causes discussed in this program so as to prevent such accidents from occurring.
The program is relevant to process safety and risk management.
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This video looks at what went wrong when the barriers failed and the Deepwater Horizon exploded.
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Other DVD training by Professor Andrew Hopkins: Falling Dominos: Failure of Defence in Depth – focuses on the interdependence of the barriers that should have prevented the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.