Superior refinery facing more than $83K in OSHA fines after fire, explosion

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SUPERIOR, WI — The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Superior Refining Company LLC for “failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals” after the April 26th explosion and fire that injured several employees.

The refinery facing the citation is better known as the Husky Energy refinery.

Husky is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

In a release Tuesday, officials say the company faces $83,150 in proposed penalties. According to OSHA, investigators cited the refinery for eight serious violations of OSHA’s process safety management procedures.

“Ensuring the mechanical integrity of critical equipment used during the refinery shutdown operation could have prevented this incident,” said OSHA Eau Claire Area Office Director Mark Hysell. “Superior Refining Company LLC has been working cooperatively with OSHA to ensure a comprehensive process safety management program is implemented at the facility before resuming production.”

According to the release, the company has 15 business days from the receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the OSHA Review Commission.

A Husky spokesperson, Mel Duvall tells us “We look forward to meeting with OSHA to discuss their recommendations and investigation findings. It is our policy to continuously improve our process safety programs. Superior Refining remains committed to this facility, our employees and the community.”

To see the full list of citations the refinery is facing, click here.

WQOW Staff

WQOW Staff

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