Offshore drillers could learn from aviation
An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 after making an emergency landing in Japan earlier this month (AP)
Wednesday’s column, available on houstonchronicle.com:
They did, in fact, ground the planes.
After the recent problems with batteries on the Boeing 787, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered all of the aircraft flown by U.S. carriers removed from service.
Rather than using commercial aviation as an excuse – “they don’t ground all planes when one crashes” was a common retort to the drilling moratorium that followed the Deepwater Horizon disaster – the offshore energy industry should use it as a model for improving safety.
Among safety experts, the exploding batteries aboard the Dreamliners are known as a leading risk indicator. In other words, they could be a sign of a bigger problem.
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