Refinery Re-Fined

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LINDEN—The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited ConocoPhillips’ Bayway refinery in Linden for repeated workplace safety and health violations and failures to correct previously identified hazards.

OSHA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, proposed a total of $92,000 in penalties for the alleged violations, which include the company’s failure to implement safe operating procedures, inspection and testing procedures.

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OSHA also cited the refinery’s failure to update piping and instrumentation diagrams after process changes.

According to agency officials, OSHA launched an investigation into the refinery’s operations in April.

Three repeat violations, carrying a total penalty of $75,000, were assessed for failures to update instrumentation diagrams after process changes and not implementing inspection and testing procedures.

Four new “serious” violations at the Linden site will cost the company an additional $17,000 total in fines.

OSHA said these serious violations resulted from inadequate safety and health management systems at the location.

The “serious” designation is reserved for instances of substantial probability of death or serious harm which the employer was aware of, according to OSHA.


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