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The Sinclair Refinery is being cited with seven safety violations and over 200-thousand dollars in fines for an explosion and fire at its refinery near Rawlins last fall. 

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA says that two of the violations were willful.  The company has been fined numerous times in the past for a variety of fires, explosions, and other issues. 

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.

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An explosion at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins on Friday night resulted in a fire.

The explosion occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured, and by 3 a.m. the fire was under control. The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating the incident. The cause is still unknown.

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.

The Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins has had four fires or explosions since May, and Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has been investigating what went wrong. OSHA has completed its investigation into one of the incidents. It was a fire on May 25, which injured two workers. Wyoming OSHA Administrator John Ysebaert joins us to talk about what they found. He says one of the main problems is that Sinclair wasn’t properly training its workers.

Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating a series of fires and explosions at the Sinclair Oil Refinery near Rawlins.

The plant has seen four fires since May, and seven workers have been injured, some critically. The most recent incident was last week.

OSHA Administrator John Ysebaert says investigations are still pending, but they have some preliminary ideas about the problems.

More Scrutiny For The Sinclair Oil Refinery

Jun 25, 2012


An organization connected with the Centers for Disease Control says it believes there should be more scrutiny of emissions coming from the Sinclair Oil Refinery. 

Three workers at the Sinclair refinery near
Rawlins have been flown to a burn center in Colorado following a
flash fire.
     Sinclair Oil Corp. says the incident happened inside a gas
recovery unit at its refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins,
about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.
     Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders says it was a flash fire and
four workers were originally taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon
     A Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says three of the workers were