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#205956 - 08/12/10 01:10 PM Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths?
Blast Offline
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The companies (Transoceanic & BP) in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig ban workers from carrying knives. When the rig exploded these people on board had a hard time cutting the lifeboats free as the knive that were supposed to be in the life boats couldn't be found.

More details here.

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#205958 - 08/12/10 01:26 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: Blast]
7point82 Offline

Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
Thanks for posting this Blast.
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#205960 - 08/12/10 01:33 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: Blast]
rebwa Offline

Registered: 01/25/09
Posts: 295
Thanks for sharing Blast, hopefully this will make it's way up the line to those trying to take away our rights to carry important safety and rescue tools. I've had horses all my life and I've used the wire cutters on my leatherman to cut a piece of old wire caught around a leg on a horse, with a rider on the horse while trail riding, and another time my locking knife to cut a horse down who was in a panic situation when tied. In both cases a person could also have been injured along with the horses, without the tools being carried.

#205969 - 08/12/10 02:48 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: ]
Still_Alive Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Utah
Can't understand the logic. If someone were hellbent on harming others, seems like there would be MANY other things just as good as an edged weapon on an oil rig that could be used. What are they going to do, ban everything that might remotely be misused?
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#205974 - 08/12/10 03:59 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: rebwa]
Tyber Offline

Registered: 04/27/09
Posts: 292
Loc: ST. Paul MN
Blast, thanks for posting this.

This drives home the always have a knife mentality. I have to admit that I woudl have voilated that rule, or flat out not taken the job.

I once did have a job where there was a strict "no knife" policy, and I am sorry (well actualy not that sorry) to say that I "stashed" a knife for only true emergencies.

Luckly where I work a SAK in the pocket is not frowned upon and may psk comes to work with me every day.

#205977 - 08/12/10 04:17 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: Tyber]
haertig Offline

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2057
Loc: Colorado
Not a day goes by that I don't use my knife for something, usually for multiple things. They may be needed for emergencies sometimes, but more likely for routine daily tasks. I couldn't imagine NOT carrying a knife.

#205979 - 08/12/10 04:28 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: haertig]
BigToe Offline

Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 81
“stop the madness” indeed! I can't believe that the foolishness has gone this far. Thanks for the link, Blast.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
Henry David Thoreau

#205980 - 08/12/10 04:33 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: BigToe]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2813
Loc: La-USA
I agree with Tyber, if the job is in the woods or on the water, no knife, no job for me there!!!!
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#205981 - 08/12/10 04:39 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: BigToe]
DannyL Offline

Registered: 02/22/08
Posts: 103
Loc: SE Alaska
There are a lot more things on a drilling rig more dangerous than a pocket knife.

I can see the attorneys getting geared up over this one.....

Belt knives up here are more common than ink pens as far as personal carry. My latest one is the Ritter RSK folder (bought a new one with the orange handle, it's a big hit at work), stashed in an old gerber belt sheath on my belt.

#205984 - 08/12/10 05:19 PM Re: Policy on knives contributed to BP oil rig deaths? [Re: DannyL]
pezhead Offline

Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 76
Loc: Minnesota
I carry at least one daily. On the rare occasion I do forget I seem naked. It's kind of like if you forget your watch you always look at your wrist.
When my neices where younger and we where over if they need a knife they volunteer who had one.
People need to understand it's not the tool it's the person that uses it iresponibly.

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