Posted On: January 15, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Hazardous Conditions in PA Refinery

OSHA finds hazardous conditions at Trainer refinery

ConocoPhillips’s PA refinery in Trainer has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 27 violations. According to the article in the Delaware County Daily Times, many of these violations could result in fatalities.

A ConocoPhillips spokesman said the company plans to work with the federal government on these issues.

OSHA’s Philadelphia office began its investigation in June. The company was then issued 26 serious violations with penalties totaling $91,500 and one repeat violation, carrying a $25,000 penalty.

The company failed to update operating procedures as required, according to OSHA.

An OSHA spokeswoman explained that they changed their practice, but they didn’t modify the procedures.

The serious violations include failure to provide the appropriate devices for material storage; improper documenting of its use of equipment; establishing a system to promptly address hazard analysis findings; addressing the hazard of explosion in occupied buildings; addressing human factors; developing and implementing operating procedures; providing appropriate training; confirming all requirements of pre-startup safety review were in place; following management of change procedures; and correcting deficiencies that were outside of acceptable limits.

The Department of Environmental Protection also cited the Trainer facility for air-quality violations. They confirmed that the company incorrectly reported emissions of sulfur oxides in 2002 and 2004. In 2006, DEP noted excess emissions of sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, isobutene and propane, as well as minor tank violations at the Trainer facility.

Exposure to sulfur dioxide may cause breathing problems and even death.

In 2008, OSHA found nearly 88,000 violations of its standards and regulations. These violations could lead to serious injury and possible death. There are 425 employees at the Trainer facility. To ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees, ConocoPhillips must get rid of these hazards.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment at ConocoPhillips has a potential Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim. Some types of workers' compensation injures include construction injuries, repetitive stress to a body part, and environmental hazards.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker's Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. Some types of workers' compensation injures include construction injuries, repetitive stress to a body part, and environmental hazards.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries and property damage, Cherry, Fieger & Marciano can help you. Our dedicated and experienced PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.