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California fines ExxonMobil for February explosion

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Staff writer ▼ | August 17, 2015
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) of Caliornia, Cal/OSHA, issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company for workplace safety and health violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the Torrance refinery that injured four workers.
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Fine   19 citations to ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company
The proposed penalties total $566,600.

Eighteen of the citations were classified as serious due to a realistic possibility of worker death or serious injury. Six of these serious violations were also classified as willful because Cal/OSHA found that Exxon did not take action to eliminate known hazardous conditions at the refinery and intentionally failed to comply with state safety standards.

ExxonMobil has 15 working days to appeal the citations to the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board.

“Petroleum refineries have the responsibility to keep workers safe, and to also protect nearby communities and the environment,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).


 

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