OSHA Cites Sinclair for Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites Sinclair Tulsa Refining Co. with alleged willful and serious violations following an inspection at the company’s crude oil refinery in Tulsa.
A serious violation implies a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The citation includes 38 violations associated with process safety management, portable fire extinguishers, emergency response and evacuation, benzene, hexavalent chromium, electrical deficiencies, chemical storage, fall protection, compressed gas cylinders and walking/working surfaces.
Proposed penalties total $240,750.
The inspection is part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for Petroleum Refineries, which has mandated inspections for refineries across the nation.
“Failure to effectively implement OSHA’s process safety management regulations to protect employees from potential hazards at high risk facilities, such as petrochemical refineries, will not be tolerated,” says OSHA area director David Bates. “This planned inspection has identified hazards for corrective action to help prevent accidents or injuries.”

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