Not quite the quotes we expect to see in the papers

\’\’It is terrible when something like this happens. The lives of four people is a great loss. But this is not the first accident.

\’\’I think that an accident and loss of life is inevitable from time to time. It\’s not always human error, it is just something that can happen.

\’\’Although it is regrettable, I was not surprised.\’\’

And:

\’\’It is terrible but it is always a potential risk working somewhere like this. You have to minimise the risk but accidents can always happen.\’\’

What? The world\’s a risky place and accidents will happen?

Have our South Walian cousins not got the memo yet? That it must always, but always, be someone\’s fault?

3 comments on “Not quite the quotes we expect to see in the papers

  1. Dear Tim. Yes, accidents can always happen, but accidents like this have a cause. The investigation may well find that the cause was something the industry didn’t know it didn’t know. On the other hand, it would be advantageous to too many vested interests if the deceased bore some, or most, responsibility for the event. I would suggest that this story is worth following up.

  2. I grew up under the shadow of that refinery, or more accurately, under the glow of its flares. Back in 1993 (or around then) an explosion injured a few people, had it not happened on a Sunday it would have killed folk. A decade before, one of the refineries over the water on the Milford Haven side went up and killed people. So these things do happen periodically.

    Even so, somebody has fucked up here. Refineries are risky, which is why the onus is on the management to manage that risk. It’s a dead cert that somebody, or more likely a group of people, are to blame for what would have almost certainly been an avoidable incident. Expect the investigation to find that somebody was doing some non-routine maintenance and cut a corner, probably to save time or costs.

  3. Agree that looking for someone to blame is risible. What is worthwhile, is to learn, in an objective way, how this accident happened. It may have been something so rare and obscure that it should simply be chalked up to bad luck. Or it may contain the seeds of the next major improvement in operational safety.

    We don’t know yet, and we won’t know until the analysis is complete.

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