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Safety Violations

Superior, WI: (Feb-25-08) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration brought charges against Murphy Oil USA Inc., alleging that a six month inspection of its Superior, WI refinery revealed various safety violations. The suit stated that the inspection, which started in August 2007 as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program for petroleum refineries, found deactivated alarms meant to alert operators of failing positive pressure systems. In addition to ensuring these alarms remain activated and continuously monitored, Murphy Oil also agreed to correct issues related to fall protection, emergency action and response plans, lockout/tagout procedures, firefighting training and safety management procedures.

The two sides reached an amicable settlement, under which, Murphy Oil USA Inc. agreed to pay $179,100 in agency fines and take corrective action to eliminate unsafe working conditions. Agency officials claimed that many of the recommended improvements are documentation and program driven. They indicated that Murphy Oil addressed and corrected a number of violations even before the six-month inspection was over, but that they still have improvements to make, including working to document the things being done correctly. [OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS: SAFETY VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Feb-26-08


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