07/22/2010 12:41 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gulf Oil Spill: Leaked Safety Report Shows Transocean Hadn't Inspected Key Rig Components In 10 Years, Workers Raised Concerns

WASHINGTON -- A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon in the weeks before the oil rig exploded showed that many of them were concerned about safety practices and feared reprisals if they reported mistakes or other problems.

In the survey, commissioned by the rig's owner, Transocean, workers said that company plans were not carried out properly and that they "often saw unsafe behaviors on the rig."

Some workers also voiced concerns about poor equipment reliability, "which they believed was as a result of drilling priorities taking precedence over planned maintenance," according to the survey, one of two Transocean reports obtained by The New York Times.

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