So, I'm poking around on the intertubes searching using "James Reason" (author of "Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents") and "Deepwater Horizon" and I stumble upon this on-line article from The Atlantic: No Easy Villains May Mean no Easy Oil.. The author Lisa Margonelli has been lurking on the gcaptain forum. From the article:
Over the past week I've been lurking in the forums of gcaptain.com, a virtual hangout for offshore drilling boat types. Gcaptain may have had the first news of the Deepwater Horizon fire when a nearby boat captain reported it ten minutes after it happened, kicking off a long thread of discussion about possible causes and meanings.It's anchorman's thread - Bob Couttie is mentioned as well.
Towmasters has an interesting post about the accident and a no knife policy
Knives!? We Don’t Need No Stinking Knives!
There may be an insight there that the company believed that the crew could be trusted with this complex and expensive drilling operation but not trusted to carry a knife.
Here is my post that I started but didn't finish:
New York Times article - In Gulf, It Was Unclear Who Was in Charge of Oil Rig.
The article quotes Tad W. Patzek: “It’s a very complex operation in which the human element has not been aligned with the complexity of the system,”
From The Oil Drum; Lessons Left Unlearnt From 2003 Gulf of Mexico Near-Spill