The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited CITGO Petroleum Corp.-LCMC in
OSHA has alleged three willful and 12 serious violations following an investigation that began
Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in
The willful violations include failure to operate the blowdown drum within volume limits so as to prevent over-filling and failure to implement blowdown emergency operating procedures. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Serious violations include failure to: provide process safety information for pressure vessels, identify safeguards related to the control of liquid hydrocarbon release through the blowdown system, complete a process hazard analysis for the crude vacuum unit #1 prior to startup and conduct contractor audits. Serious violations are issued when there is a substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in