US OSHA, BP settle violations from 2005 explosion

12 July 2012 17:45  [Source: ICIS news]

BP refinery explosionHOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) and BP Products North America on Thursday settled nearly all the remaining citations stemming from a 2005 explosion and fire that killed 15 people and injured over 170 others.

BP agreed to pay $13m (€11m) in penalties to resolve 409 of the 439 citations issued by OSHA in 2009 “for wilful violations of OSHA's process safety management standard at BP's refinery in Texas City, Texas”.

The 30 remaining citations remain under contest and will be settled or litigated in the future, OSHA said.

BP was cited for $21m in September 2005, after the explosion. Then a follow-up investigation in 2009 revealed that the company still had failed to make several improvements, even though it had made some corrections.

As a result, BP agreed to pay $50.6m to resolve those violations.

“BP is committed to workplace safety. A strong relationship with OSHA is part of that commitment,” said Iain Conn, BP’s global head of Refining & Marketing. “We respect OSHA and have worked to address their concerns in this latest agreement.”

The company said it has made over $1.5bn in safety and infrastructure improvements since 2005 as well as worked with the United Steel Workers (USW) union to improve process safety.

($1 = €0.82)


By: Bobbie Clark
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