OSHA Proposes $155,000 in Fines to Sinclair
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $155,000 in fines against Sinclair's Carbon County refinery for 11 violations in connection with the flash fire that injured four employees on May 8th. Three of those workers suffered serious injuries.
The state is also requiring the company to bring in independent safety contractors to perform audits and investigations.
The accident has since been classified as a "catastrophe," since the three employees were hospitalized within 30 days of the fire.
Work Force Services director Joan Evans says the OSHA investigation and inspection found several factors that may have contributed to the accident. Evans adds that its Sinclair's critical obligation insure that employees return home safely every day.
OSHA also issued Sinclair three repeat citations for violations at the company's Casper refinery. According to Workforce Services, those violations involved a lack of employee training and pollution controls. In August the company was fined for air pollution at both the Casper and Carbon County refineries.
The company has 15 days to comply with or contest the state's proposed actions.