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Region 6 News Release: USDOL: 00-91-7-20
Thursday, July 20, 2000
Contact: Diana Petterson
PHONE: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222
PENNZOIL-QUAKER STATE REFINERY IN SHREVEPORT, LA., AGREES TO PAY $160,000 IN FINES AND ABATE VIOLATIONS FOLLOWING OSHA'S INVESTIGATION OF AN EXPLOSION
Pennzoil-Quaker State Refinery in Shreveport, La., has agreed not to contest safety citations issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and to pay the $160,000 penalty, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
The citations and penalty resulted from an OSHA investigation that began in response to a fire and explosion that occurred Jan. 18, in the refinery's Naptha Unifiner Unit because of the rupture of a heat exchanger due to chloride corrosion. One employee was severely burned and two other employees were also hospitalized.
The Shreveport refinery, which employs approximately 300 worker, has its company's headquarters in Houston, Texas.
The company was cited for violations of the general duty clause, the process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals (PSM) standard, and the hazardous waste and emergency response standard.
Pennzoil-Quaker State Refinery has agreed to abate the cited violations as quickly as possible and to implement the safety provisions stipulated in the settlement agreement.
"An employer's commitment to and employee participation in a comprehensive safety program are steps to the prevention of accidents. The settlement agreement avoids the burden of a possible prolonged litigation and promotes the implementation of rapid abatement," according to John J. Deifer, OSHA area director in Baton Rouge.
The Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE) Local 4-245 and International representatives consulted and assisted OSHA with the settlement agreement.
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