The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSH A) recently announced that BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to settle 409 out of 439 citations issued by the agency in October 2009 for alleged willful violations of OSH A’s process safety management standard at BP’s Texas City, Texas, refinery. Solis v. BP Products North America, Inc., No. 09-1799 (OSHA Review Com. 7/12/12). The company also agreed to pay $13 million in penalties and abate all existing violations by the end of 2012.
According to OSH A, the agency in September 2005 cited BP for violations at the Texas City refinery, including an explosion that killed 15 workers. As a result of that enforcement action, BP paid $21 million in penalties and agreed to correct existing violations. The current settlement resulted from a May 4, 2009, comprehensive inspection by OSH A, which found that BP was in violation of the 2005 settlement agreement. OSH A then issued 270 failure to abate notices and 439 new willful violation penalties. Thirty alleged willful violations remain unresolved.