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OSHA Fines Sunoco Inc. For Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

Marcus Hook, Pa The Occupational Safety and Health Administration( OHSA) has fined $32,000 to Sunoco Inc. in Marcus Hook for workplace safety and health violations.

OSHA started the investigation following an ethylene complex explosion in May 2009 at the Marcus Hook refinery. As a result of investigation, the company was issued one repeat violation with a penalty of $25,000 and two other serious violations with a penalty of $7,000.

"It is imperative that Sunoco correct all the identified hazards to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its workers," said OSHA’s area director in Philadelphia, Al D’Imperio.

The repeat violation includes the failure of the company to establish and implement the written procedures to maintain the on-going mechanical integrity of process equipment. A repeat violation is issued by OSHA when it finds a substantially similar violation of standard, regulation, rule or order issued to the same employer within the previous three years.

The serious violation shows deficiencies in the company’s process hazard analysis. A serious citation is issued by OSHA when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

The company has 15 working days from the receipt of the citations to comply, request for an informal conference with the area director of OSHA, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, role of the OSHA is to promote safe and healthy working conditions for the people of America and providing training, outreach and education.