Why aren’t oil companies investing more of their massive profits in safety training for their employees?

And why isn’t the government, while it’s so busy clamoring for "more drilling," punishing companies for safety violations that are getting increasing numbers of workers killed?

"SNYDER, Texas – Less than two months into the job in the oilfields of West Texas, Brandon Garrett was sliced in half by a motorized spool of steel cable as he and other roughnecks struggled to get a drilling rig up and running.
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Garrett’s grisly end illustrates yet another soaring cost of America’s unquenchable thirst for energy: Deaths among those working the nation’s oil and gas fields have risen at an alarming rate, The Associated Press has found" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_re_us/oilfield_deaths ).
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4 Responses to “Why aren’t oil companies investing more of their massive profits in safety training for their employees?”

  1. realst1 Says:

    The oil companies have the government in their pockets so they don’t have to pay attention to silly safety laws. Besides safety training would cut into their equally massive pay packets for their CEOs and senior management.

  2. Katy Says:

    Why spend money if they don’t have to? It’s all about the profit margin honey.

  3. krollohare2 Says:

    Because that would waste profits. People are expendable. Profits aren’t.

  4. www.scapegoatz.com Says:

    It is because of all of the new employees that they are hiring right know. I snapped cable would of been pretty hard to prevent. However with the uses of cables you are required to inspect them daily. Also part of the reason is the overall Osha program while it has reduced on the job fatalities many companies do not always follow the rules,