OSHA has levied more than $3 million in fines against BP North America and BP-Husky for violations at their plant in Oregon, Ohio. The fines result from a September 2009 inspection that revealed 42 willful violations of OSHA codes and 20 serious violations.
Following a 2006 inspection of the plant, BP-Husky entered into a settlement agreement to resolve issues found during the inspection. OSHA says BP-Husky met the terms of that agreement, but the violations revealed in the recent inspection are new ones.
OSHA found violations of numerous rules concerning the pressure under which petroleum is processed, as well as deficient firefighting systems.
A BP North America refinery in Texas City, Texas, suffered a catastrophic explosion in 2005 that killed 15 workers and injured 170.