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Osha Fines $107,500 For Valero Refinery

OSHA Fined Valero Energy Corp. a handsome amount of $107,500 for violating health and workplace safety. OSHA started investigation as a part of National Emphasis Program on petroleum refinery process safety management.

As a result of investigation the company has been issued Valero Refinery for four repeat violations of $75,000 and 9 serious violations with a penalty of $32,500. OSHA officials said that Valero is strongly encouraged to identify hazards to help ensure that workers at the site are not at risk of death.

The four repeat violations involve company’s failure to conduct and document inspections and tests on process equipment, conduct proper process hazard analysis and keep adequate process safety information. A repeat violation by OSHA is filed when such standard or violations are issued to employer with three years. OSHA will definitely cite a serious citation when there is a probability that death or physical harm could result and employer should have been aware of that.

The Valero Refinery which employs 650 workers has 15 business days from the receipt of citations to comply and on request of informal conference with OSHA director contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent OSHA Commission.