The root causes of accidents

The root causes of accidents
  • Tue 19 Dec 2017 9:15 AM -
    Tue 19 Dec 2017 2:00 PM

  • The Curve,
    University of Teesside,
    Borough Road,
    United Kingdom

    TS1 3BA

  • Branch meeting

    Tees Branch

  • This event is free to attend


The seminar will cover the root causes of accidents using the Texas City Disaster as a case study.

The seminar will also include a presentation by the IOSH President.

What's in it for you?

We will have IOSH President visit and Texas City Disaster produced by AKT Productions

Texas City Objectives:

1. The group will have a raised awareness and recognition of some of the key human, cultural and organizational factors that contributed to the Texas City disaster.
2. The group will consider the role of Leadership in this – accountability, governance, oversight and behaviours.
3. The group will have the chance to reflect on how this relates to them and will be challenged to reflect honestly on how they and their organisations can improve.


On March 23, 2005 at approximately 1:20pm an explosion occurred at the BP refinery in Texas City. As a consequence, 15 people died. Hundreds more were injured. Why did it happen? This play, originally commissioned by Balfour Beatty shows how decisions made at the highest levels contributed to the disaster and how a culture – or“how we do things round here” can mask many risk-taking behaviours.

The workshop includes an animation created by the US Chemical Safety Board, followed by scenes in which we witness some of the causal factors which led to the devastating explosion. We start in the plant control room with a supervisor and an operative as the catastrophe unfolds. Then, going back in time we see a visit from a Senior BP Vice President, and hear conversations between the Texas City Plant Manager and his Safety Rep. Finally we learn how the most senior levels of BP allowed process failings which contributed significantly to the disaster

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