Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 29, 2007 11:52 ET

Amicus welcomes the Buncefield Reports' recommendations

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - Amicus, the UK's largest private sector trade union, has welcomed a report identifying many safety improvements that need to be made at the Buncefield oil refinery in Hemel Hempstead.

The Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Boards report published today highlights the need for many safety improvements at the plant, particularly with issues to do with training, fatigue, shifts and working hours.

Amicus says that it expects all companies that own or operate fuel storage sites in the UK, or are part of the fuel storage sector, to implement all of the recommendations in full. Union officials will be seeking meetings with companies in the sector to ensure that the recommendations, most of which emphasise the need to increase the protection provided by containment systems, happen and that there is full involvement and consultation of the workforce in ensuring that high standards of health and safety are met and maintained.

The report also draws attention to the need to plan operator numbers to deal with unusual events and emergencies and to be aware of cost cutting that might compromise safety standards.

Amicus' National Officer, Linda McCulloch, said:
"The lessons of the Buncefield explosion and the 2005 Texas City explosion must be learnt. Amicus is dedicated to ensuring the lessons are not simply talked about, but are put into practice.

"We want firm assurances concerning the safe operation of major fuel and chemical sites and the protection of workers on those sites. For us, the minimum initial requirement is the full implementation of the recommendations arising from Texas City and Buncefield disaster."

Amicus supports the Board's broad aim that these recommendations should catalyse improvement in the fuel storage sector so that it is continually alert to the major hazard potential of its' operations.

The union believes that these findings need to be applied to the fuel storage sector and similar operations run by other fuel companies, including the offshore oil and gas industry.

Note to editors:
Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Boards report 'Recommendations on the design and operation of fuel storage sites'

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