A Bonus for Killing
April 4, 2011 by admncc
After working for all of these years in Risk Management and seeing just about every workplace situation, it’s often difficult to find something that truly shocks me. Ah, who am I kidding, I still get surprised at least once a day. And this story is no example.
On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that Transocean gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance” in their “company’s history.” That sounds like an amazing and well-deserved reward…until I tell you that Transocean’s oil rig is the one that exploded, “killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.”
Now, let me get this straight… They had the “best year in safety performance” in their “company’s history,” but 11 people died in an explosion and they polluted the environment with 200 millions gallons of oil? That’s pretty interesting… Actually, if that’s the case, I’d hate to see the list of their previous years of work-related accidents.
The report also said that “Transocean noted “the tragic loss of life” in the Gulf when the rig operated by BP PLC exploded last April. But it said the company still had an “exemplary” safety record because it met or exceeded certain internal safety targets concerning the frequency and severity of its accidents.”
The above-paragraph is my whole point. What year is a good one when someone dies? Or when several people die? I believe it is fair to say that an exemplary record would not be the case if someone died. Yet, in this case, 11 people died, they’re still saying their record is exemplary and on top of that, it’s the “best year in safety” ever. Additionally, I find it hard to believe that their internal goals were such that even taking into account the devastation that happened; that they still “met or exceeded” safety targets and/or reduced the severity of other incident. How more severe can you get than death?
And if you’re questioning who was at fault in the accident, look no further. “A commission appointed by President Barack Obama earlier this year said the explosion was caused by a series of time and money-saving decisions by Transocean, BP and oil services company Halliburton Inc. that created an unacceptable amount of risk.” But hey, I guess that shouldn’t stop CEO Steve Newman from getting close to $100,000 in safety bonuses. Nothing for nothing, but I think he should donate it to the families of the victims.
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