Safety Monitoring During The BP Oil Spill
The infamous BP Oil Spill created a regional catastrophe. More than 200 million gallons of crude oil contaminated 16,000 miles of Gulf Coast coastline, stretching from Louisiana to Florida.
On May 15th, US Restoration was contracted to play a vital role in assisting the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We provided a team of 65 Certified Safety Monitors, to be stationed across the Gulf states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Our work sites included beaches, marshes, and offshore locations where workers were present.
Our job over the next 16 months would be to:
- Provide immediate assistance to personel needing medical attention
- Create detailed injury reports
- Record hourly weather conditions
- Establish heat exposure timetables to keep response teams healthy while working in adverse conditions
- Monitor safety equipment and emergency personnel at all designated work areas
- Ensure safety measures were adequate and in place to protect response teams
- Hold regular safety meetings to minimize the chance of accidents and injury
On September 24, 2011 BP decided to close the majority of their recovery sites, and our participation ended. We are proud to be given the opportunity to assist the Gulf Coast in the massive recovery efforts due to the BP oil spill.
During our time of service, we were recognized for our exceptional safety record. Our safety infraction rate per worker was one of the lowest recorded during the recovery effort.