OSHA cites Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery on training

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By Erwin Seba | HOUSTON

HOUSTON The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health
Administration said on Tuesday it issued a citation earlier this
month alleging Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Galveston Bay
Refinery in Texas City, Texas, failed in 2016 to train workers
in changes in the operation of a coking unit.

OSHA also alleges Marathon failed to document training of
the workers, according to a second citation. Both citations were
issued on Jan. 17.

“We plan to request an informal conference with the OSHA
area director to discuss the citations,” Marathon spokesman
Jamal Kheiry said in emailed statement on Tuesday.

Companies cited by OSHA can reduce the fines they face by
eliminating the problems and discussion with the agency.

Both alleged violations are called serious by the federal
workplace safety agency. OSHA has proposed a fine of $12,675 for
failing to train about the changes. The alleged violation must
be abated by March 6, according to the citation.

The agency has also proposed a fine of $7,243 for failing to
document the training. That alleged violation must be abated by
Feb. 3, according to the citation.

“I want to clarify that the citations were issued because
the company violated OSHA standards,” U.S. Labor Department
spokesman Juan Rodriguez said.

The citations stem for an overhaul of coking units at the
refinery between July and September 2016. A contract worker was
hospitalized after receiving an electrical shock on Aug. 8,
2016, while working on the coking complex.

Coking units boost the amount of refinable material taken
from a barrel of oil and convert residual crude into petroleum
coke, which can be used as a coal substitute.



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