OSHA Compliance

Another blow for BP- OSHA fines British Petroleum $50.6 million

Another blow for BP- OSHA fines British Petroleum $50.6 million
In 2005, a BP subsidiary blew up, killing 15 workers and leaving 170 employees injured. However, this slip did not go under OSHA’s radar. Recently, OSHA announced that the Texas refinery would be fined with a total of $50.6 million.

It is also important to note that as per BP’s agreement with the government, it will additionally be allocating a minimum of $500 million towards protecting those who currently work at the refinery.

Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, stated that, “This agreement achieves our goal of protecting workers at the refinery and ensuring that critical safety upgrades are made as quickly as possible.”, she further went on to say that, “The penalty reflected BP’s disregard for workplace safety and shows that we will enforce the law so workers can return home safe at the end of the day.”

Unfortunately, this is another devastating blow to the Oil Major. Recently, it has come under attack by the administration, environmental groups and those affected by the enormous oil spill from its offshore well, situated in the Gulf of Mexico.

Finally, Mr. David Michaels, the Assistant Labor Secretary for OSHA, stated that, “Safer conditions at this refinery should result from this arrangement, which goes far beyond what can normally be achieved through abatement of problems identified in citations.”

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