OSHA Settles Major Case with BP
A major oil company recently came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after it exposed workers to hundreds of hazards.
The federal government's safety agency announced that BP North American Products agreed to pay $13,027,000 after resolving 409 of 439 citations. It also agreed to settle the issues that were identified during the October 2009 inspection. The issues must be settled by December 31, 2012, or else the company will face further penalties.
The head of the Labor Department said safety must be made a top priority by those in charge of the facility and that workers should not be put in harm’s way.
"Protecting workers and saving lives is the ultimate goal of this agreement," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "For the workers at BP's Texas City refinery, this settlement will help establish a culture of safety. The workers who help keep our nation's oil and gas industries running deserve to go to work each day without fear of losing their lives."
BP’s lack of safety oversight was most evident when, in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon explosion resulted in the death of 11 workers and continued to leak oil for three months.
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