Sinclair fined $707,000 for safety violations

Oct 29, 2013

The Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company is being fined more than $700,000 for safety violations at its Rawlins facility.

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, inspected the facility in May, following an employee complaint and several toxic gas releases. They found that Sinclair had willfully violated various safety regulations and failed to fix hazards that could have resulted in death or serious physical harm.

Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says the company is trying to fix the problems.

“Progress has been made since this inspection to address safety issues at the refinery, and Wyoming OSHA will continue to work with the employer to prevent and address those hazards,” Evans said.

Last year, OSHA fined Sinclair more than $200,000 for safety violations. The company also paid several million dollars in fines for environmental violations.