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Deepwater Horizon safety alarm 'shut off' before fire

  • 7-23-2010

An alarm aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that could have alerted workers to fire and explosive gas had been silenced before the 20 April explosion, a senior rig technician has said.

Mike Williams told a hearing that managers wanted warning sirens and lights silenced because they did want workers disturbed by false alarms.

He said the alarm had been partially shut off months before the blast.

The explosion killed 11 workers and caused a huge environmental disaster.

Mr Williams, who was the chief electronics technician on the rig, was testifying before a joint hearing of the US Coast Guard and the interior department.

He was aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded.

Alarm 'inhibited'

Mr Williams, who was employed by rig owner Transocean, said that sensors meant to detect fire and toxic or explosive gases were functioning but the alarm had been "inhibited".

Senior managers "did not want people to be woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning due to false alarms", he said.

Meanwhile, workers on ships at the site of the oil spill are making final preparations to leave as Tropical Storm Bonnie nears.

Incident commander Adm Thad Allen has allowed the well to remain capped while the site is evacuated.

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