A failure first and foremost of management, a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes that companies repeatedly can violate safety regulations without penalty.
Seattle, WA (Vocus) June 27, 2010
During an underwater inspection of an aging oil drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana, something goes terribly wrong. A Significant Casualty tells the story of not only the quest of a father to clear his son's name, but at the same time create a safer, more responsible underwater workplace.
The five year quest receives a final punctuation when the father is granted "Party in Interest" status and has his son's case properly reviewed at a formal United States Coast Guard Investigation. An investigation that not only looks into the fatality in-depth, but to the regulatory atmosphere that allowed the conditions to exist. The story highlights not only a father’s mission to clear his son’s name, but also the improper inspection of oil drilling facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
According to World Oil (Feb 2010 issue) at the end of 2009 there were 2,237 oil wells in the Federal waters of the Gulf and 242 more in the state waters of Louisiana. All are working under regulations written by the industry. An industry more interested in profits than safety.
In April of 2010, President Barack Obama, while addressing the issues surrounding mine safely following the deaths in West Virginia, was quoted as saying, "A failure first and foremost of management, a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes that companies repeatedly can violate safety regulations without penalty." Those same comments ring true for the oil companies working in the United States offshore oil fields. As horrific as the mine disaster was in West Virginia, more workers die in the offshore oil fields of the United States each year than in all of the nation's mines.
A Significant Casualty tells the story of one such fatality.
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About the Author
Peter J. Pilkington is the father of three children and soon-to-be a grandfather for a second time. Possessing a passion to do the right thing and armed with perseverance, with a dedication to finding the truth, an expertise in construction safety and a background in recreational diving, he became a Party in Interest in a United States Coast Guard fatality investigation. He holds a B.S. in Architecture from New York Institute of Technology, currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and continues working as a residential home builder.
A Significant Casualty* by Peter J. Pilkington
Publication Date: June 24, 2010
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