Repeat Safety Fines at OK Refinery

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 06:08 PM gHale


Holly Refining & Marketing-Tulsa LLC is facing $184,800 in fines for five repeat and three serious violations for continuing to expose workers to hot surfaces of refinery process equipment, falls from heights and other hazards at its crude oil refinery in Tulsa, OK, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Holly Refining & Marketing employs 376 workers at its Tulsa refinery.

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“Failure to ensure hazards are eliminated and do not reoccur is essential for employee safety and health. Negligence, such as that demonstrated by Holly Refining & Marketing, is unacceptable,” said David Bates, OSHA’s area director in Oklahoma City. “Previously cited violations were still present in the follow-up inspection, and those hazards expose workers to possible injuries, illness and even death.”

The five repeat citations, with a penalty of $170,500, were for failing to ensure:
• Workers were protected from contact with hot surfaces of refinery process equipment
• Floor grating in the processing unit was secure and level
• Ladder floor openings and open-sided floors had guards to prevent falls from heights
• Electrical equipment and wiring were in a safe condition

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced similar violations in 2009.

Three serious violations, with a penalty of $14,300, were for failing to ensure anchoring of posts and framing for fall protection railings were complete and effective; to ensure floor holes in walking and working surfaces ended up guarded or covered; and to ensure metal fan blades had effective guards. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.



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