April 29, 2010
Shit Happens, Tony
Tony Hayward, chief operating officer of British Petroleum:
Asked whether the accident could have prevented, Hayward said, “All accidents can be prevented — there’s no doubt about that.”
Jerry Doolittle, daily newspaper reader since 1948:
“Anything that can happen, will.”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 29, 2010 10:00 AM
This is BP's form. The Baker Panel Report -- the James Addison Baker, III panel-- found that BP's senior management cannot differentiate between occupational safety and process safety. They're too stupid and dishonest to understand why both are important. Nor do they understand what goes into them. They are, however, very keen on figuring out semi-plausible metrics that give the appearance of understanding. But, regrettably, they're also too stupid to cover their tracks when the metrics turn out to be fudged. They are so stupid, and so irremediably dishonest, that even sympathizers have no alternative but to excoriate them and find them culpable.
BP's engineers can scream for process safety, and have, threaten to resign and actually resign, but this has no impact on senior management. Management's criminal negligence can kill people and create endless catastrophes, but they remain too stupid to learn.
I'm not a big fan of "enhanced interrogation" and cruise missile humanitarianism, but such a depraved culture could hardly be made worse by an application of both.