BP is slated to pay a hefty fine for willful violations of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) process safety management standard at its refinery in Texas City, Texas: $13,027,000.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday BP has resolved 409 of the 439 citations issued by the agency.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said the agreement is an important step for workers at the refinery:
Protecting workers and saving lives is the ultimate goal of this agreement….For the workers at BP’s Texas City refinery, this settlement will help establish a culture of safety. The workers who help keep our nation’s oil and gas industries running deserve to go to work each day without fear of losing their lives.
In September 2005, OSHA cited BP for a then-record $21 million for the explosion at its Texas City refinery that killed 15 workers in March of that year. Since then, OSHA and BP entered an agreement to work out deficiencies in safety standards. United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-1 members work at the Texas City refinery.
USW International Vice President Gary Beevers said of the new agreement:
We are pleased that BP is making progress in fixing its health and safety problems and that it has a deadline to completely abate the remaining issues. Hopefully the rest of the industry will learn from BP's mistakes, review their own facilities to see if there are similar problems and fix them.
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