Sinclair working to fix safety problems, OSHA says

Nov 7, 2013

The head of Wyoming’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says the Sinclair Refinery is working to improve its safety record.

Earlier this week, we reported that OSHA would consider shutting down the refinery if another life-threatening incident happens at the plant.

But the agency’s John Ysebaert says he’s hopeful that that won’t be necessary.

“I’m very optimistic that they will get things turned around,” Ysebaert said. “I do see the commitment from their leadership team in terms of funding for the changes that need to be made, as well as for the issues that need to be in place to achieve that culture of safety.”

Ysebaert says Sinclair has brought in outside safety consultants and joined a refinery safety alliance, and is meeting with OSHA regularly to help fix the problems at the refinery.

You can hear our full interview with Ysebaert tomorrow on Open Spaces.