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    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.

    Disastrous Decisions - the book on the Macondo Blowout by Professor Andrew Hopkins.

    FutureMedia's Training and Consulting Division offers the training course based on the Macondo Blowout DVD
    The Human and Organisational Causes of Accidents

    Available languages:

    • German - subtitled
    • Swedish - subtitled

    Drilling in the Bight: has BP learnt the right lessons from its Gulf of Mexico blowout?

    The Guardian newspaper recently hit a wall of non-response when it raised concerns about the possibility of an oil well blowout in BP’s proposed drilling operations in the Great Australian Bight.

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    Click on the link for an overview of our Safety Leadership Courses 

    Course Facilitators
    All course facilitators are highly experienced HSE professionals whilst also being accredited workplace trainers and have been independently accredited by FutureMedia.
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    Available formats:

    • DVD
    • Elearning deliverable across your company intranet
    • Intranet licence
    • Corporate licence

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    Key learning outcomes:
    At the end of the workshop, participants will:

    • Understand how organisational structure may contribute to poor engineering decision making
    • Be aware of major hazard risk indicators
    • Be aware that preoccupation with profit before safety comes at a cost
    • Learn from other incidents
    • Understand defence in depth
    • Be aware of the multi-causal nature of accidents.

    Package contents:

    • 40 minute safety training DVD featuring Professor Hopkins
    • CD with supporting material that includes PowerPoint presentations.

    Click here for a brochure on both Macondo programs


    Falling Dominos of Macondo: A Failure of Defence in Depth 

    This video looks at what went wrong when the barriers failed and the Deepwater Horizon exploded.

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    Industries utilising Professor Andrew Hopkins’ training materials include: energy, mining, oil & gas, chemical companies, manufacturers, educational institutions, aviation, defence forces, councils, engineering, railways.

    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.

    Creating a Mindful Organisation


    Acting on Warning Signs      (This is a revised and shortened version of the full-day workshop Creating a Mindful Organisation.  The extensive Gretley Mine case study is not included.)

    Mindful Leadership with Reference to BP Texas City


    Mindful Leadership: Communication Skills


    Preventing Disaster: Learning from Longford

    Other training DVDs relevant to Process Safety & Risk Management:
    Climbers Attitude


    The Complete Auditor


    Power of Process Auditing


    Risk Maker Risk Taker


    Unclear and Present Danger: Situation Awareness at Every Level


    Process Safety & Risk Management Brochure

    Professor Hopkins’ Books

    Professor Hopkins Book Order Form


    About Professor Andrew Hopkins

    See Macondo Blowout: the Human and Organisational Causes on our new Process Safety website.


    "Mark Wahlber, star of the film Deepwater Horizon, says it is a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the 2010 disaster.

    The explosion on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico led to one of the world's worst environmental catastrophes.

    At the film's world premier in Toronto, Whalberg was joined by Mike Williams, the rig worker he plays on screen."

    Source: BBC NEWS - Entertainment & Arts

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    Country of production: Australia  
    Duration: 40 minutes  
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