OSHA cites Murphy Oil facility in Mereaux for alleged Health & Safety violations

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MERAUX, La. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Murphy Oil U.S.A. Inc. with alleged serious violations of federal health and safety regulations following an inspection at the company’s facility on East St. Bernard Highway in Meraux. Proposed penalties total $85,500.

OSHA’s Baton Rouge Area Office began its investigation July 7 as part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Petroleum Refineries.

The investigation resulted in 18 serious violations, including failing to provide an adequate relief system design to prevent possible fire and explosions for the Hydro Cracker unit, to ensure that equipment in the refining process complied with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, to sufficiently develop and implement a written mechanical integrity program, to conduct regularly scheduled piping inspections, and to report findings and recommendations from incident investigations.

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.

“In order to protect workers from potential hazards at high risk facilities, OSHA’s process safety management regulations must be followed,” said Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge, La. “We are hopeful that this company will take the necessary corrective action to prevent injuries and illnesses.”

For more information please visit the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov