ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Co. in Baton Rouge, LA, is facing violations — 20 serious and two other-than-serious — for exposing workers to possible fires and explosions, OSHA officials said.
“This company exposed its workers to serious safety and health hazards by failing to comply with OSHA’s process safety management regulations,” said Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge. “It is fortunate that in this case that no one was injured.” The company is facing $126,600 in fines following a March 14 inspection by OSHA’s Baton Rouge Area Office at the company’s petroleum refinery on Scenic Highway.
The serious violations involve failing to investigate incidents related to process safety management, equipment repair, address inconsistent thickness measurements collected during pressure vessel inspections, maintain accurate and updated engineering drawings, and ensure written operating procedures were certified as being current and accurate. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations involve failing to ensure a plate protecting electrical components remained affixed to its housing and deficiencies identified in the emergency action plan. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
The Baton Rouge refinery employs 2,100 workers and specializes in the production of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation fuel, lubricating oils and waxes.