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Fri September 21, 2012
OSHA finds 11 serious violations at Sinclair Refinery
The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sinclair Oil for 11 serious violations at its refinery near Rawlins. There have been four fires at the Sinclair refinery since May, and seven workers have been injured, some critically. OSHA has completed its investigation for one of the incidents and will likely fine the company more than $60,000 for violations. The agency says Sinclair failed to develop and implement safe work practices, failed to properly train employees, and didn’t adequately inspect equipment. In addition to the fine, OSHA is requiring that Sinclair bring in external safety auditors, and the company has to meet with OSHA every two weeks for progress updates. Investigations into the other incidents are still ongoing.