The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Murphy Oil USA Inc. have agreed on a settlement after the agency's safety inspection revealed violations of federal workplace safety standards at the company's refinery in
Murphy Oil has agreed to pay $179,100 in fines and already has taken corrective action to eliminate unsafe working conditions.
Murphy Oil also has agreed to abate issues associated with fall protection, emergency action and response plans, lockout/tagout procedures that are intended to prevent machinery from functioning while employees perform maintenance, firefighting training and safety management procedures.
Murphy Oil USA Inc. employs about 155 employees in
"Injuries and fatalities from incidents at refineries are preventable," said Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of