Another fine for Sinclair

Oct 9, 2012

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, plans to fine Sinclair Oil $155,000 dollars for a fire on May 8.

The fire at the Sinclair Refinery injured four workers, three of them critically, and OSHA is referring to the incident as a “catastrophe.”

The agency says Sinclair didn’t have proper hazard detection hardware and didn’t properly train its employees. OSHA also found that employees didn’t have adequate time or protection to complete tasks that involved ventilating chemicals into the atmosphere.

This is the second time in a month that OSHA is citing Sinclair for critical safety violations. The refinery has had four fires and explosions since May.

In addition to the fines, Sinclair will be required to bring in independent safety auditors, develop new procedures for the refinery, and update OSHA every two weeks.