British Petroleum oil slick in the Gulf: are “temp” workers doing the work on most oil derricks?

Rumor heard — that many oil companies do not have full-time employees but hire only temporary workers…  If true, would that have an effect on efficiency and safety? oil slick


6 Responses

  1. What a beautiful leak – twenty thousand barrels of lovely lube a day. I love the oily mass that bulges outwards from a bent pipe. A brown Rorschach blot of the automobile culture. A creamy dreamy brown chocolatey nougat for the wildlife to absorb. Living towels soon to be buried by trowels.

    An endless orgasm of brown to win the King’s crown. The ejaculate of Hell sent by the wind-whipped swell.

    My most fervent hope is that all efforts to stop and mitigate this masterwork are failures. The incontinent flow of hydrocarbons shall continue for the decay of all.

    I would love to see a sea of greasy Devil’s blood flowing into the ocean forever more. The spew that flew right on through.

    Then the World can move on into its next phase, the Dark Phase of death, decline and destruction. Soon, all the works of humans will decay and so too will themselves be brought to the altar of slaughter, to account for their crimes of existence.

    • Your creatively interesting and poetic comments are a clear and strong statement about an important topic.

  2. BS! This “temp” worker thing is only a jab at non unionized workers. To me, it implies that this would not have happened if union workers were employed…BS. How many examples of an unprepared/incomptent local and state government do we need in Louisiana? We saw this with hurricane Katrina and now with this oil spill. Only thing changing is President Bush is not in office and Obama won’t be held resposible for a delayed federal response. I wonder if Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have effective emergency plans in place, we may be finding out real soon.

    • A followup to your comment — Heard/Saw a (surprising) clip yesterday from HBO Bill Maher, he who over and over did not disguise his “dislike” of Bush during his presidency: regarding Bush and Obama — he said something to the effect that if Bush were still president the press would be all over him about the oil spill, but “how come Obama is not getting any ‘sh_ _’ about the oil slick” problem?, etc.,. That Obama apparently is getting “a free pass” from the news media…

  3. The term “full-time employees” denotes experience and increased knowledge. As a former employer, I laugh at this definition. Without additional data, I would not say for certain that the “temps” were a job force hazard. A company’s hiring practices is essentially related to their profit line. We all know that. My solution, if the company gambles on their safety procedures and they lose their gamble. Fine the bejibbers out of them. Money out of their pocket, that is what employers understand. What is a spill going to cost me?

    • Thank you for the clarification… I’m sure there are temps who are much more alert, industrious, imaginative and worth their salt, as the saying goes, etc., than some complacent full time employees would be..

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