February 19, 2007 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Cost of an Investigation – CSB Spends More Than $2 Million Investigating BP Refinery Explosion

People of ask me, how long does it take and how many resources should we use investigating an accident and performing a root cause analysis?

Of course, the answer is: “It depends.”

What does it depend upon? Here are just some of many factors:

  • The complexity of the accident.
  • Your knowledge of the site.
  • Your skill in performing investigations
  • The amount of documentation and proof you must produce.

But the answer for the CSB’s investigation of the BP’s Texas City Refinery explosion is: “Over $2 million dollars.”

Where does the $2 million figure come from? From a comment by the CSB Chair & CEO, Carolyn Merritt.

Will the investment be worthwhile? We’ll have to wait for the report to come out to see.

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