While there were some safety checks and tests conducted on the BP oil rig, they were hardly regular or thorough. Evidence has come about from federal hearings on the disaster of emergency alarms that were turned off, computer systems that had crashed, and ignored warnings of faulty equipment. A report put together by swiss-based company Transocean, owners of a large fleet of off-shore oil rigs, found that crucial elements of the blowout preventer had not been properly inspected for 10 years. This violates guidelines that the devices be inspected at least every 3 to 5 years.
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