OSHA cites Wynnewood Refining Co. in Oklahoma following the death of 2 workers

March 29, 2013

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Wynnewood Refining Co. LLC with repeat, serious and other-than-serious violations following the death of two workers at the company’s crude oil refinery in Wynnewood.

OSHA’s Oklahoma City Area Office began its investigation Sept. 29, 2012, at the South Powell Street facility following the explosion of a boiler, which killed the employees. The inspection was expanded to include associated contractors and ongoing maintenance activities during a turnaround operation. OSHA investigators found violations of the process safety management standard, which requires specific management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals.

“Failure to implement effectively OSHA’s process safety management regulations, which protects employees from potential hazards at high-risk facilities, such as petrochemical refineries, will not be tolerated,” said David Bates, OSHA’s area director in Oklahoma City. “If OSHA’s standards had been followed, it is possible this tragedy could have been avoided.”

via 2013 – 03/27/2013 – US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Wynnewood Refining Co. in Oklahoma following the death of 2 workers.

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