Boiler Explosion Citations Against Oklahoma Oil Refinery Upheld

March 29, 2019, 3:12 PM

A federal safety panel has affirmed a $58,000 penalty against a crude oil refining company in Oklahoma where a worker died in a 2012 explosion.

A boiler explosion at Wynnewood Refining Co. LLC prompted an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection, and the company was cited for 12 violations of various provisions of the agency’s “Process Safety Management” standard. Some of the citations were characterized as repeat.

An administrative law judge upheld the citations and reduced the repeat citations to serious. A repeat citation yields larger fines than serious citations. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission affirmed the decision ...

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