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Region 6 News Release: 10-1716-DAL
Dec. 29, 2010
Contact: Juan Rodriguez       Elizabeth Todd
E-mail: rodriguez.juan@dol.gov       todd.elizabeth@dol.gov
Phone: 972-850-4709       972-850-4710

US Department of Labor's OSHA fines Pasadena Refining Services
in Texas $115,650 for multiple safety hazards

PASADENA, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pasadena Refining Services Inc. with 21 serious violations for exposing workers to multiple safety and health hazards at the company's facility in Pasadena. Proposed penalties total $115,650.

OSHA's Houston South Area Office in Texas began its investigation on June 30 at the company's facility on Red Bluff Road as part of the agency's national emphasis program on process safety management of refineries.

The serious violations include failing to provide properly constructed scaffolds, provide supports to hold piping, provide controls to prevent valves from closing, conduct annual confined space audits, ensure guard rails are adequate, and ensure that operating procedures are up-to-date and accurate. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

"OSHA's National Emphasis Program is designed to comprehensively evaluate the petroleum refining industry," said Mark Briggs, OSHA's area director for the Houston South Area Office. "An employer's lack of compliance with OSHA's standards will not be tolerated."

Pasadena Refining Services is an independent refinery which employs about 363 employees in Pasadena.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Houston South Area Office or contest the citations and penalties before the