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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Coastal Refining and Marketing, Inc., in Corpus Christi, Texas, with safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $265,000, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Coastal Refining and Marketing, Inc., in Corpus Christi, TX. is a non-union petroleum refining company which employs 363 workers.
The citations resulted from an OSHA inspection which began Dec.14, 1998 following a report of the hospitalization of employees who had been exposed to a release of hydrogen sulfide. During a turnaround in the crude unit, sour naphtha was released exposing employees. This resulted in the hospitalization of four Coastal employees and two contract workers.
OSHA cited the company with one willful, nine serious, and four repeated violations. The willful violation involves the process safety management standard for failure to include contractors on the incident investigation team. The serious violations involve the process safety management standards that address the process hazard analysis, resolution of incident investigation findings, shortcoming in the hot work permit system, and the employee alarm system. The serious violation also addresses the lack of adequate procedures for control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout). The repeat citations contain four violations of the process safety management standard that involve inadequacies in the process hazard analysis, failure to maintain updated piping and instrument diagrams; inadequacies in the written operating procedures; and failure to review operating procedures as needed to reflect current operating practices.
A willful violation is defined as an intentional disregard of or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result. A repeat violation exists when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order.
Coastal Refining and Marketing, Inc., has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area director or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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