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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Workplace Safety Violations (Texas City Refinery)

“On March 23, 2005, an explosion and fire occurred in the Isomerization Unit of BP Products’ Texas City refinery as the unit was coming out of planned maintenance. Fifteen contractors died in the incident and many others were injured… The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, among other agencies, have conducted or are conducting investigations. At the conclusion of their investigation, OSHA issued citations alleging more than 300 violations of 13 different OSHA standards, and BP Products agreed not to contest the citations. BP Products settled that matter with OSHA on September 22, 2005, paying a $21.3 million penalty and undertaking a number of corrective actions designed to make the refinery safer.” See related BP Amoco P.L.C. misconduct instances, “2005 Texas City Refinery Explosion – Civil Litigation” and “Texas City Refinery Explosion – Guilty Plea.”

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Labor – OSHA
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Fine
Date of Settlement
9/22/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
BP P.L.C. $21,361,500
Further Information Released
OSHA Press Release 5/11/2010
SEC 10-K (p. 49 of 192) 8/31/2006

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database