OSHA fines Texas refinery
Volume 23, No. 3
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Port Arthur, TX, refinery, proposing penalties totaling $101,750 for alleged safety violations.
OSHA issued the citations in April alleging 13 serious, two repeat and one other-than-serious violation following an investigation that began Oct. 16, 2007. The inspection was initiated as part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program for petroleum refineries. The refinery has about 830 employees.
"We are pleased that (the refinery) has expressed a willingness to take quick, corrective actions in resolving the safety and health violations," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional admini-strator in Dallas.
Serious violations include failing to implement accurate process safety information, provide employees with accurate operating procedures, have an adequate system in place to advance recommendations from process hazard analysis and correct equipment deficiencies. A serious violation is one with potential to serious physical harm to employees when the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.