Petroleum refinery hit with record fine for explosion that killed seven

posted on:
November 3, 2010

author:
JERRY CORNFIELD

The Herald.net, an online publication serving Everett, Washington, reported recently that the Tesoro Petroleum Company faces a record fine for violations of state safety rules. The judgment by the state Department of Labor & Industries comes after an explosion at the company’s petroleum refinery that killed seven workers. According the the L&I, the explosion and tragic loss could have been prevented if Tesoro had followed required safety procedures.

The department cited Tesco for 39 “willful” violations and five “serious” violations of state workplace safety and health regulations, according to the Herald story. The company was fined $2.38 million, which the news agency reports is the largest fine in L&I history.

According to an L&I press release, agency Director Judy Schurke says, “This explosion and the deaths of these men and women would never have occurred had Tesoro tested their equipment in a manner consistent with standard industry practices, their own policies and state regulations.”

Read the full story at The Herald.Net.

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