Monday, November 29, 1999

BP has `systematic` safety problems: U.S. official - FT

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Energy giant BP has a "systematic safety problem" at its refineries, a U.S Labour Department official told the Financial Times in its Monday edition."BP executives, they talk a good line. They say they want to improve safety," Jordan Barab, a senior official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, told the paper."But it doesn't always translate down to the refineries themselves. They still have a systematic safety problem," Barab said.Last year U.S. safety regulators hit oil giant BP with a record $87.4 million fine for failing to fix safety violations at its Texas City, Texas, refinery after a deadly 2005 explosion.Barab's comments come as the company struggles to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by a deadly oil rig explosion last month.(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Jan Paschal)(For more business news on Reuters Money visit

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